marsh hawk
Hen Hen, n. [AS. henn, hen, h[ae]n; akin to D. hen, OHG. henna, G. henne, Icel. h?na, Dan. h["o]na; the fem. corresponding to AS. hana cock, D. haan, OHG. hano, G. hahn, Icel. hani, Dan. & Sw. hane. Prob. akin to L. canere to sing, and orig. meaning, a singer. Cf. {Chanticleer}.] (Zo["o]l.) The female of the domestic fowl; also, the female of grouse, pheasants, or any kind of birds; as, the heath hen; the gray hen. [1913 Webster]

Note: Used adjectively or in combination to indicate the female; as, hen canary, hen eagle, hen turkey, peahen. [1913 Webster]

{Hen clam}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A clam of the {Mactra}, and allied genera; the sea clam or surf clam. See {Surf clam}. (b) A California clam of the genus {Pachydesma}.

{Hen driver}. See {Hen harrier} (below).

{Hen harrier} (Zo["o]l.), a hawk ({Circus cyaneus}), found in Europe and America; -- called also {dove hawk}, {henharm}, {henharrow}, {hen driver}, and usually, in America, {marsh hawk}. See {Marsh hawk}.

{Hen hawk} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of large hawks which capture hens; esp., the American red-tailed hawk ({Buteo borealis}), the red-shouldered hawk ({Buteo lineatus}), and the goshawk. [1913 Webster]


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  • Marsh hawk — Marsh Marsh, n. [OE. mersch, AS. mersc, fr. mere lake. See {Mere} pool, and cf. {Marish}, {Morass}.] A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass. [Written also {marish}.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marsh hawk — Marsh Marsh, n. [OE. mersch, AS. mersc, fr. mere lake. See {Mere} pool, and cf. {Marish}, {Morass}.] A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass. [Written also {marish}.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marsh hawk — n. a large, gray American hawk (Circus cyaneus) that nests on the ground and preys on mice, frogs, snakes, etc.: the only North American harrier hawk * * *       common name for the best known harrier species. See harrier. * * * …   Universalium

  • marsh hawk — n. a large, gray American hawk (Circus cyaneus) that nests on the ground and preys on mice, frogs, snakes, etc.: the only North American harrier hawk …   English World dictionary

  • marsh hawk — marsh′ hawk n. orn a common harrier of North America Circus cyaneus hudsonius[/ex] • Etymology: 1805–15, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • marsh hawk — noun common harrier of North America and Europe; nests in marshes and open land • Syn: ↑northern harrier, ↑hen harrier, ↑Circus cyaneus • Hypernyms: ↑harrier • Member Holonyms: ↑Circus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • marsh hawk — noun Date: 1772 northern harrier …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • marsh hawk. — See northern harrier. [1765 75, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • marsh hawk — noun North American term for hen harrier …   English new terms dictionary

  • marsh hawk. — See northern harrier. [1765 75, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

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