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moorhen

[moo r-hen] /ˈmʊərˌhɛn/
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
1250-1300; Middle English mor-hen. See moor1, hen
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moorhen

/ˈmʊəˌhɛn; ˈmɔː-/
noun
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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