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hen

 (hĕn)
n.
1. A female bird, especially the adult female chicken.
2. The female of certain aquatic animals, such as an octopus or lobster.
3. Often Offensive Slang A usually older woman, especially one who is engaged in conversation with other women.

[Middle English, from Old English; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]

hen′nish adj.
hen′nish·ly adv.

hen

(hɛn)
n
1. (Zoology) the female of any bird, esp the adult female of the domestic fowl
2. (Zoology) the female of certain other animals, such as the lobster
3. informal a woman regarded as gossipy or foolish
4. dialect Scot a term of address (often affectionate), used to women and girls
5. scarce as hen's teeth extremely rare
[Old English henn; related to Old High German henna, Old Frisian henne]

hen

(hɛn)

n.
1. the female of the domestic fowl.
2. the female of any bird, esp. of a gallinaceous bird.
3. the female of various crustaceans, as the lobster.
4. Slang. a woman, esp. a busybody or gossip.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English hen(n) (compare Old English hana cock); c. Old High German henna; akin to Latin canere to sing]
hen′like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hen - adult female chickenhen - adult female chicken      
Gallus gallus, chicken - a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl
cackler - a hen that has just laid an egg and emits a shrill squawk
brood hen, broody, broody hen, setting hen, sitter - a domestic hen ready to brood
mother hen - a hen with chicks
layer - a hen that lays eggs
pullet - young hen usually less than a year old
2.hen - adult female bird
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
3.hen - flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing
chicken, poulet, volaille - the flesh of a chicken used for food
4.hen - female of certain aquatic animals e.g. octopus or lobster
female - an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)

hen

noun
Related words
collective noun brood
Translations
أنْثى كل الطُّيوردجاجةدَجَاجَةدَجاجَه
кокошка
augallina
slepicesamička
hønehun=-høne=-hun
gallinahembra (de ave)ave
kana
kana
kokoškokoška
tyúknőstény
hænakvenfugl
めんどり雌鶏
암탉
gallina
moterų baliuspo padu laikomasvišta
vistamātītemātītes-
sliepka
kokoškurasamica
kokoškokoškaкокошкокошка
höna
แม่ไก่
gà mái

hen

[hen]
A. N (= fowl) → gallina f; (= female bird) → hembra f
B. ADJ the hen birdel pájaro hembra
C. CPD hen coop Ngallinero m
hen night N (esp Brit) (= girls' night) → reunión f de mujeres; (before marriage) → despedida f de soltera
hen party N = hen night

hen

[ˈhɛn]
n
(= chicken) → poule f
(= female bird) → femelle f
adj (= female) [pheasant, blackbird] → femelle

hen

n
Huhn nt, → Henne f; as scarce or rare as hen’s teeth (dated inf)so selten wie ein weißer Rabe
(= female bird, lobster)Weibchen nt
(inf: also mother hen) → Glucke f (inf)

hen

:
henbane
nBilsenkraut nt
hen bird
n(Vogel)weibchen nt

hen

:
hen night
n für die Braut vor der Hochzeit arrangierte Damengesellschaft
hen party
n (inf)Damenkränzchen nt, → ˜ Kaffeeklatsch m (inf), → reine Weibergesellschaft (pej, inf); (before wedding) für die Braut vor der Hochzeit arrangierte Damengesellschaft
henpeck
vtunterm Pantoffel haben (inf); a hened husbandein Pantoffelheld m (inf); he is heneder steht unterm Pantoffel (inf)
hen run
nHühnerhof m

hen

[hɛn] n (fowl) → gallina; (with chicks) → chioccia; (female bird) → femmina
hen pheasant → fagiano femmina

hen

(hen) noun
1. the female farmyard fowl. Hens lay eggs.
2. the female of any bird. The hen is sitting on the nest; (also adjective) a hen blackbird.
ˈhen party noun
a party for women only, often just before one of them gets married (for men see stag party).
ˈhenpecked (-pekt) adjective
(of a man) ruled by his wife. a henpecked husband.

hen

دَجَاجَة slepice høne Henne κότα gallina kana poule kokoš gallina めんどり 암탉 kip høne kura galinha курица höna แม่ไก่ tavuk gà mái 母鸡

hen

n. gallina; [broth] caldo de.
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