heath hen


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heath hen

n.
A subspecies of the prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido subsp. cupido) that was formerly abundant in eastern North America but became extinct in the early 1900s.
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heath hen

n
1. (Animals) another name for greyhen
2. (Animals) a recently extinct variety of the prairie chicken
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heath′ hen`


n.
an extinct prairie chicken of the eastern U.S., Tympanuchus cupido cupido.
[1640–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heath hen - extinct prairie chickenheath hen - extinct prairie chicken    
prairie chicken, prairie fowl, prairie grouse - brown mottled North American grouse of western prairies
2.heath hen - female black grouseheath hen - female black grouse      
black grouse - grouse of which the male is bluish-black
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A one-H heathen does not pray, A two-H heath hen flies away, But I'll bet my cousin Ethan you never saw a three-H heathhhen.
As these migrant songbirds belong to us as much as they do to the tropics, we need to be aware of what we're doing that's inflicting severe casualties, and try to change those behaviors before we lose them the way we lost the heath hen, the Bachman's warbler and the ivory billed woodpecker.