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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.
References in classic literature ?
Laurence watches over us like a motherly old hen, as Jo says, and Laurie is very kind and neighborly.
Shimerda couldn't have got hens from her neighbours last fall and had a hen-house going by now.
Elzbieta was one of the primitive creatures: like the angleworm, which goes on living though cut in half; like a hen, which, deprived of her chickens one by one, will mother the last that is left her.
Except the sleeping old man, everybody was at work, but the place was very still and peaceful, nevertheless; so still that the distant cackle of the successful hen smote upon the ear but little dulled by intervening sounds.
On frosty nights the humane Negro prowler would warm the end of the plank and put it up under the cold claws of chickens roosting in a tree; a drowsy hen would step on to the comfortable board, softly clucking her gratitude, and the prowler would dump her into his bag, and later into his stomach, perfectly sure that in taking this trifle from the man who daily robbed him of an inestimable treasure--his liberty--he was not committing any sin that God would remember against him in the Last Great Day.
I am a real passenger now, and down there I felt like our setting hen when we shut her up in a coop.
She will sit incubating her gown -- pardon the expression -- like a hen over an addled egg.
After he had been overpowered by sleep, as on the former days, the mare and foal ran away and hid themselves in the royal hen house.
Nay, then, husband," said Teresa; "let the hen live, though it be with her pip, live, and let the devil take all the governments in the world; you came out of your mother's womb without a government, you have lived until now without a government, and when it is God's will you will go, or be carried, to your grave without a government.
This rabbit dead, the Abbe Adelmonte has its entrails taken out by his cook and thrown on the dunghill; on this dunghill is a hen, who, pecking these intestines, is in her turn taken ill, and dies next day.
hen an army has penetrated into the heart of a hostile country, leaving a number of fortified cities in its rear, it is serious ground.
Hear what he says: 'How often would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not