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The female of the black grouse.
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(ˈɡreɪˌhɛn) or


(Animals) the female of the black grouse. Compare blackcock
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Noun1.greyhen - female black grousegreyhen - female black grouse      
black grouse - grouse of which the male is bluish-black
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Although known as a "greyhen", she is in fact a mottled brown in colour.
In the moorland patches at UPM Tilhill's Coed Llandegla, Wrexham, male Black Grouse perform a similar ritual, hoping to catch the eye of the greyhens (the misnamed brown females).
The females (greyhens) can weigh up to 990g, but tend to average 945g.