Definitions for: Hen

[n] female of certain aquatic animals e.g. octopus or lobster
[n] adult female bird
[n] adult female chicken
[n] flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing

Webster (1913) Definition: Hen, n. [AS. henn, hen, h[ae]n; akin to D. hen, OHG.
henna, G. henne, Icel. h?na, Dan. h["o]na; the fem.
corresponding to AS. hana cock, D. haan, OHG. hano, G. hahn,
Icel. hani, Dan. & Sw. hane. Prob. akin to L. canere to sing,
and orig. meaning, a singer. Cf. Chanticleer.] (Zo["o]l.)
The female of the domestic fowl; also, the female of grouse,
pheasants, or any kind of birds; as, the heath hen; the gray

Note: Used adjectively or in combination to indicate the
female; as, hen canary, hen eagle, hen turkey, peahen.

Hen clam. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A clam of the Mactra, and allied genera; the sea clam
or surf clam. See Surf clam.
(b) A California clam of the genus Pachydesma.

Hen driver. See Hen harrier (below).

Hen harrier (Zo["o]l.), a hawk (Circus cyaneus), found in
Europe and America; -- called also dove hawk, henharm,
henharrow, hen driver, and usually, in America, {marsh
hawk}. See Marsh hawk.

Hen hawk (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of large hawks
which capture hens; esp., the American red-tailed hawk
(Buteo borealis), the red-shouldered hawk ({B.
lineatus}), and the goshawk.

Synonyms: biddy

See Also: bird, brood hen, broody, broody hen, cackler, chicken, chicken, female, Gallus gallus, layer, poulet, pullet, setting hen, sitter, volaille

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