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fool hen

any of various grouse, as the spruce grouse, that can be killed easily because of their relative tameness.
Origin of fool hen
1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This evening luck had deserted his fishing, so the trapper took a rifle and went into the woods after a fool-hen.

  • I suppose you didn't notice if you hit that fool-hen, Colonel Cruickshank?

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • If a poor cackling grouse or "fool-hen" be thrust into the pit, the Indian is almost sure to find a prisoner.

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