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mud hen

or mudhen

noun
1.
any of various marsh-inhabiting birds, especially the American coot.
Origin of mud hen
1800-1810
1800-10
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  • Seems the doctor said as he thought as it was a golden-headed oriole but the friend thought as it was a mud hen.

  • It looked like a cross between a mud hen and a duck, was gray in color and had a short bill.

    The Cruise of a Schooner Albert W. Harris
  • Boy and Dr. shot some robins and Jake got a mud hen; and from a passing wagon we secured a roast of beef.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
British Dictionary definitions for mud hen

mud hen

noun
1.
any of various birds that frequent marshes or similar places, esp the coots, rails, etc
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