Definition of Marsh hen

1. Noun. A coot found in North America.

Exact synonyms: American Coot, Fulica Americana, Mud Hen, Water Hen
Group relationships: Fulica, Genus Fulica
Generic synonyms: Coot



2. Noun. Any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens.

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Marsh Hen

marsh clematis
marsh cress
marsh deer
marsh elder
marsh felwort
marsh fern
marsh fever
marsh fritillaries
marsh fritillary
marsh gas
marsh gentian
marsh hare
marsh harrier
marsh harriers
marsh hawk
marsh hen (current term)
marsh horsetail
marsh horsetails
marsh mallow
marsh marigold
marsh marigolds
marsh milkweed
marsh orchid
marsh pea
marsh pink
marsh plant
marsh rosemary
marsh tea
marsh thistle
marsh thistles

Literary usage of Marsh hen

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"See harrier^, 2. marsh-hen (marsh'hen), «. One of several different birds of the family ... salt-marsh hen. ..."

2. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"Commonly known as Rail and marsh hen. 34. Rallus longirostris crepitans. ... Known as Rail, marsh hen, and Prairie Hen. A common resident in all salt ..."

3. The Canadian Naturalist and Geologist by Natural History Society of Montreal (1857)
"The screams of a captured marsh-hen succeed, and its upraised fluttering wing gives ... It is at low tide that this animal usually captures the marsh- hen. ..."

4. American Poetry by Percy Holmes Boynton, Howard Mumford Jones, George Wiley Sherburn, Frank Martindale Webster (1918)
"70 As the marsh-hen secretly builds on the watery sod, Behold I will build me a nest on the greatness of God: I will fly in the greatness of God as the ..."

5. American Poetry by Percy Holmes Boynton, Howard Mumford Jones, George Wiley Sherburn, Frank Martindale Webster (1918)
"God out of knowledge and good out of infinite pain And sight out of blindness and purity out / of a stain. 7° As the marsh-hen secretly builds on the watery ..."

6. An American Anthology, 1787-1900: Selections Illustrating the Editor's by Edmund Clarence Stedman (1900)
"As the marsh-hen secretly builds on the watery sod, Behold I will build me a nest on the greatness of God: I will ily in the greatness of God as the ..."

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