- moorhen(def 1).
- the American coot, Fulica americana.
Origin of water hen
Examples from the Web for water hen
Historical Examples of water hen
I've filled in the pond and driven the swan and the water-hen to other haunts.Mary Gray
True, they were only water-hen's eggs, and not so large as the duck's eggs, but then she must not be too particular.Nobody's Girl
The water-hen (Gallinula chloropus) is common on the lake at Ootacamund.Birds of the Indian Hills
"He must have seized the water-hen as she dived," said Dick.
"There is a water-hen in the reeds, just before us," said Jimmy.
- another name for gallinule