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hempen necktie
hen and chickens
Hen clam
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Hen definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

HEN, n. The female of any kind of fowl; but it is particularly applied to the female of the domestic fowl of the gallinaceous kind, or as sometimes called, the barn-door fowl.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: adult female chicken [syn: hen, biddy]
2: adult female bird
3: flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing
4: female of certain aquatic animals e.g. octopus or lobster

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English henn; akin to Old English hana rooster more at chant Date: before 12th century 1. a. a female chicken especially over a year old; broadly a female bird b. the female of various mostly aquatic animals (as lobsters or fish) 2. woman; especially a fussy middle-aged woman

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a a female bird, esp. of a domestic fowl. b (in pl.) domestic fowls of either sex. 2 a female lobster or crab or salmon. Phrases and idioms: hen and chickens any of several plants esp. the houseleek. hen-coop a coop for keeping fowls in. hen-harrier a common harrier, Circus cyaneus. hen-house a small shed for fowls to roost in. hen-party colloq. derog. a social gathering of women. hen-roost a place where fowls roost at night. hen-run an enclosure for fowls. Etymology: OE henn f. WG

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Hen Hen, n. [AS. henn, hen, h[ae]n; akin to D. hen, OHG. henna, G. henne, Icel. h?na, Dan. h["o]na; the fem. corresponding to AS. hana cock, D. haan, OHG. hano, G. hahn, Icel. hani, Dan. & Sw. hane. Prob. akin to L. canere to sing, and orig. meaning, a singer. Cf. Chanticleer.] (Zo["o]l.) The female of the domestic fowl; also, the female of grouse, pheasants, or any kind of birds; as, the heath hen; the gray hen. Note: Used adjectively or in combination to indicate the female; as, hen canary, hen eagle, hen turkey, peahen. Hen clam. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A clam of the Mactra, and allied genera; the sea clam or surf clam. See Surf clam. (b) A California clam of the genus Pachydesma. Hen driver. See Hen harrier (below). Hen harrier (Zo["o]l.), a hawk (Circus cyaneus), found in Europe and America; -- called also dove hawk, henharm, henharrow, hen driver, and usually, in America, marsh hawk. See Marsh hawk. Hen hawk (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of large hawks which capture hens; esp., the American red-tailed hawk (Buteo borealis), the red-shouldered hawk (B. lineatus), and the goshawk.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(hens) 1. A hen is a female chicken. People often keep hens in order to eat them or sell their eggs. N-COUNT 2. The female of any bird can be referred to as a hen. N-COUNT

Hitchcock Bible Dictionary

grace; quiet; rest

Easton's Bible Dictionary

common in later times among the Jews in Palestine (Matt. 23:37; Luke 13:34). It is noticeable that this familiar bird is only mentioned in these passages in connection with our Lord's lamentation over the impenitence of Jerusalem.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Female bird. 2. Female of the domestic fowl.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A woman. A cock and hen club; a club composed of men and women.

Moby Thesaurus

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