# sage hen

- the sage grouse, especially the female.

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## Origin of sage hen^{}

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

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## Examples from the Web for sage hen

### Historical Examples

#### The sage-hen is abundant on the eastern flank of the Sierra.

#### And it was not so small, either; the blue grouse is a large and heavy bird, next to the sage-hen the largest of our grouse.

With the Indians in the RockiesJames Willard Schultz

#### It grows abundantly in the alkali country, and is browsed upon by a species of grouse known as the sage-hen.

First Across the ContinentNoah Brooks

#### A sage-hen crouching low in sand and shadowed by wait-a-bit thorn twigs is pretty well hidden.

The Red MustangWilliam O. Stoddard

#### He and the sage-hen lay still for a while, but it was not long before there was another arrival at the spring.

The Red MustangWilliam O. Stoddard