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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 ?
That's thirteen, you know, and it's a lucky number for hens. So you may as well eat this egg."
"Why, I've just laid an egg, that's all," replied a small, but sharp and distinct voice, and looking around her the little girl discovered a yellow hen squatting in the opposite corner of the coop.
Nine are living and have grown up to be very respectable hens; but one took cold at Ozma's birthday party and died of the pip, and the other two turned out to be horrid roosters, so I had to change their names from Dorothy to Daniel.
In the yards were all the children and grandchildren of these eleven elders and they were of all sizes, from well-grown hens to tiny chickens just out of the shell.
He pushed the hamper into a corner, threw a sack over it to keep the hens quiet, put a pot on the fire, and unlaced his boots.
Piperson and the hens a lift, whistled from the gate.
Distracted hens in coops occupied spots where formerly stood chairs supporting sedate agriculturists.
Be that as it might, the hens were now scarcely larger than pigeons, and had a queer, rusty, withered aspect, and a gouty kind of movement, and a sleepy and melancholy tone throughout all the variations of their clucking and cackling.
Nevertheless, like a brainless and unreasoning Briton, he persisted in maintaining on the premises a large stock of cocks, hens, and other poultry.
A COTTAGER and his wife had a Hen that laid a golden egg every day.
Perched on the copper man's shoulder sat a yellow hen, with fluffy feathers and a pearl necklace around her throat.
Suddenly, he saw, among the sweepings in a corner, something round and white that looked very much like a hen's egg.