hen of the woods


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hen of the woods

n. pl. hens of the woods

[So called because the cluster of caps can resemble a brindled hen seated with ruffled plumage, and perhaps also because the cooked mushroom resembles chicken meat somewhat in taste and texture.]
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Noun1.hen of the woods - large greyish-brown edible fungus forming a mass of overlapping caps that somewhat resembles a hen at the base of trees
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
genus Polyporus, Polyporus - type genus of the Polyporaceae; includes important pathogens of e.g. birches and conifers
References in classic literature ?
In June the partridge (Tetrao umbellus), which is so shy a bird, led her brood past my windows, from the woods in the rear to the front of my house, clucking and calling to them like a hen, and in all her behavior proving herself the hen of the woods.
Opening salvos might include a punchy combo of veal sweetbread, hen of the woods (mushrooms), black pudding and golden raisins, while seasonally inclined desserts could feature raspberries in company with lemon curd, meringue and sherbet.
And you get eight courses for that price, with dishes on the sample menu including monk fish with hen of the woods and broccoli, pork with hispi cabbage and the famous douglas fir dessert.
The whopping wild Hen of the Woods fungal growth was unearthed by Monica Wilde at a mystery location in Perthshire.