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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.
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of or relating to a hen
ˈhennishly adv
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