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[hen-hous] /ˈhɛnˌhaʊs/
noun, plural henhouses
[hen-hou-ziz] /ˈhɛnˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a shelter for poultry.
Origin of henhouse
1505-15; hen + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for hen-house
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  • She don't put on an apron o' Mondays 'thout being druv to it--in the kitchen or the hen-house.

    A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
  • The boys' hen-house, however, which was in the yard, had never been troubled.

    Two Little Confederates Thomas Nelson Page
  • A vagrant may not take a sheaf of your wheat, a fowl from your hen-house: if he do so, the law protects you and punishes him.

    The Waters of Edera Louise de la Rame, a.k.a. Ouida
  • Mother (to little girl who had been sent to the hen-house for eggs): "Well, dear, were there no eggs?"

  • They were standing near the hen-house still, and a hen woke up from her dreams with a sleepy cluck.

    Old Kensington Miss Thackeray
  • Would you take me out to the hen-house, to see your cock and hen, Mrs. Owen?

    Peggy in Her Blue Frock Eliza Orne White
  • Farmer Brown's boy would see that he had gone back, and then he would hunt that hen-house through until he found Unc' Billy.

  • As Mrs. Owen came near the hen-house, she stood still, in amazement.

    Peggy in Her Blue Frock Eliza Orne White
  • Then I have got to clear the hen-house all out, and put it in order.

    Stuyvesant Jacob Abbott
  • I looked into his hen-house when I bought him out, and found it all in sad condition.

    Stuyvesant Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for hen-house


a coop for hens
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hen-house

1510s, from hen + house (n.). As a place cheifly inhabited by or ruled by women, from 1785.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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