moor-hen

moorhen

[moor-hen]
noun
1.
Also called water hen. a common species of gallinule, Gallinule chloropus, of nearly worldwide distribution.
2.
any of several related gallinules.
3.
Chiefly British. the female red grouse.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English mor-hen. See moor1, hen

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moorhen (ˈmʊəˌhɛn, ˈmɔː-)
 
n
1.  a bird, Gallinula chloropus, inhabiting ponds, lakes, etc, having a black plumage, red bill, and a red shield above the bill: family Rallidae (rails)
2.  the female of the red grouse

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