Definition of Hen-of-the-woods

1. Noun. Large greyish-brown edible fungus forming a mass of overlapping caps that somewhat resembles a hen at the base of trees.

Exact synonyms: Grifola Frondosa, Hen Of The Woods, Polyporus Frondosus
Generic synonyms: Fungus
Group relationships: Genus Polyporus, Polyporus



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hen-of-the-woods

hemstitchers
hemstitches
hemstitching
hemuse
hemusite
hen
hen's-foot
hen's parties
hen's party
hen's teeth
hen's tooth
hen-cluck stertor
hen-hawk
hen-hearted
hen-heartedness
hen-of-the-woods (current term)
hen-peck
hen-wife
hen-witted
hen and chicks
hen do
hen dos
hen harrier
hen harriers
hen hawk
hen hearted
hen night
hen nights
hen of the woods
hen parties

Literary usage of Hen-of-the-woods

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1910)
"... clucking and calling to them like a hen, and in all her behavior proving herself the hen of the woods. The young suddenly disperse on your approach, ..."

2. Friends Intelligencer by Friends Intelligencer Association (1867)
"Let me sit down here behind this screen of ferns and briers, and bear this wild hen of the woods call together her brood. Have you observed at what an early ..."

3. Types of the Essay by Benjamin Alexander Heydrick (1921)
"... 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. ..."

4. The Writings of Henry David Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau (1906)
"... clucking and calling to them like a hen, and in all her behavior proving herself the hen of the woods. The young suddenly disperse on your approach, ..."

5. American Prose (1607-1865) by Walter Cochrane Bronson (1916)
"... clucking and calling to them like a hen, and in all her behavior proving herself the hen of the woods. The young suddenly disperse on your approach, ..."

6. Thoreau's Walden by Henry David Thoreau, Raymond Macdonald Alden (1910)
"... and in all her behavior proving herself the hen of the woods. The young suddenly disperse on your approach, at a signal from the mother, ..."

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