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moor·hen

 (mo͝or′hĕn′)
n. Chiefly British
A widely distributed gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) having a black body and a red and yellow bill that extends up onto the forehead.

[moor + hen.]
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moorhen

(ˈmʊəˌhɛn; ˈmɔː-)
n
1. (Animals) a bird, Gallinula chloropus, inhabiting ponds, lakes, etc, having a black plumage, red bill, and a red shield above the bill: family Rallidae (rails)
2. (Animals) the female of the red grouse
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moor•hen

(ˈmʊərˌhɛn)

n.
a common species of gallinule, Gallinula chloropus, of nearly worldwide distribution.
[1250–1300]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moorhen - black gallinule that inhabits ponds and lakesmoorhen - black gallinule that inhabits ponds and lakes
gallinule, swamphen, water hen, marsh hen - any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
2.moorhen - female red grouse
Lagopus scoticus, moorbird, moor-bird, moorfowl, moorgame, red grouse - reddish-brown grouse of upland moors of Great Britain
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Translations
poule d’eau

moorhen

[ˈmʊəhen] Npolla f de agua
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moorhen

nTeichhuhn nt
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moorhen

[ˈmʊəˌhɛn] ngallinella d'acqua
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References in classic literature ?
Silent, like sorrowing children, the birds have ceased their song, and only the moorhen's plaintive cry and the harsh croak of the corncrake stirs the awed hush around the couch of waters, where the dying day breathes out her last.
Little by name, little by nature, the little grebe is around half the size of a moorhen and is a dumpy bird with a pale "powder puff" below its tail.
The moorhen, a species of water bird, was found dead with a plastic tie around its neck inside an Aldi carrier bag.
They said the search for Yasmin Keal is just one part of the ongoing week-long Operation Moorhen.
Edith found a clutch of moorhen chicks stranded in a weedy shallow area.
There is adjoining grazing land and the small lake, formed by the damming of an eastern tributary of the Honeycrook Burn, offers habitat for moorhen, coots and swan.
Some of these may include Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Spur-winged Lapwing, Black-winged Stilt, Francolin, Kingfisher, Goldfinch, Blackcap and Kestrel.
Breeding birds at seepage ponds in Pakistan include night-heron, cotton teal, pheasant tailed jacana, purple moorhen, besides some passerines.
With the whole barrage being removed and a new one being installed, that will take no less than one- and- a- half month, the notified protected area for birds will vanish totally." Resident birds which come to breed here in March include spot- billed duck, Indian moorhen, black- winged stilt, purple heron, egrets, white- breasted waterhen, Oriental darter and blackcrowned night heron among others.
Due to its rich ecology, it has now become home to birds such as Purple Moorhen, Grey Heron, Pintail, Indian Stork, Lesser Whistling Teals, Coots, Shovelers, Red-rumpled Swallow, Bronze-winged Jacana and recently even flamingoes have been spotted.