water hen

or wa·ter·hen

Origin of water hen

First recorded in 1520–30
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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

    Katharine Tynan

  • 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

    Hector Malot

  • The water-hen (Gallinula chloropus) is common on the lake at Ootacamund.

  • "He must have seized the water-hen as she dived," said Dick.

    The Swan and Her Crew

    George Christopher Davies

  • "There is a water-hen in the reeds, just before us," said Jimmy.

    The Swan and Her Crew

    George Christopher Davies

British Dictionary definitions for water hen

water hen

  1. another name for gallinule
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