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water hen

or waterhen

moorhen (def 1).
the American coot, Fulica americana.
Origin of water hen
1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She rose rapidly in the air, over the water-hen, and then swooped.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • The water-hen (Gallinula chloropus) is common on the lake at Ootacamund.

  • It is unnecessary to say that the bird is not a duck, but a water-hen that apes the manners of one.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • I've filled in the pond and driven the swan and the water-hen to other haunts.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • As likely as not a ditch runs by the side of the wheat fields, and here the water-hen leads out her brood.

  • Of the swimming water-birds some have the toes separated, as the coot and water-hen; while in others they are united by membranes.

  • There was once a pond, long and green, with a little island in the midst, where a water-hen had her nest.

    An Isle in the Water Katharine Tynan
  • Buffon, however, takes it with the land-rail; Gould and Yarrell put it between the little crake and water-hen.

    Love's Meinie John Ruskin
  • They are all handsome, the smallest not so large as the English water-hen.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
  • At last a water-hen was seen swimming across the dyke, and with slow and cautious steps creeping up the bank towards the net.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
British Dictionary definitions for water-hen

water hen

another name for gallinule
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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