swam phen

swamphen

[swomp-hen]
noun Ornithology.
any of several large Old World gallinules varying from purple to white, all possibly belonging to the single species Porphyrio porphyrio.

Origin:
swamp + hen

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swamphen

noun
any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens [syn: gallinule
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