marsh hen


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Related to marsh hen: clapper rail

marsh hen

n.
Any of various marsh birds of the family Rallidae, which includes the gallinules, coots, and rails.

marsh hen

n
(Animals) any bird that frequents marshes and swamps, esp a rail, coot, or gallinule

marsh′ hen`


n.
any of various rails or raillike birds.
[1700–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marsh hen - a coot found in North Americamarsh hen - a coot found in North America  
coot - slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks
2.marsh hen - any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hensmarsh hen - any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
aquatic bird - wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water
Florida gallinule, Gallinula chloropus cachinnans - North American dark bluish-grey gallinule
Gallinula chloropus, moorhen - black gallinule that inhabits ponds and lakes
purple gallinule - gallinules with showy purplish plumage
References in classic literature ?
It is separated from the main land by a scarcely perceptible creek, oozing its way through a wilderness of reeds and slime, a favorite resort of the marsh hen. The vegetation, as might be supposed, is scant, or at least dwarfish.
Tenders are invited for Marsh Hen Trail Historic Pedestrian Greenway
A good marsh hen tide can occur during a new moon or full moon, when the water is high enough to cover most of the vegetation where the birds normally hide.
The marsh hen hunting in these same flats can be shoulder-numbing.
After a childhood spent on the Gulf Coast of Texas and Florida, I'd associated rail hunting with the "marsh hens" we chased in that region; large clapper and king rail subspecies.