meadow hen
Bittern Bit"tern, n. [OE. bitoure, betore, bitter, fr. F. butor; of unknown origin.] (Zo["o]l.) A wading bird of the genus {Botaurus}, allied to the herons, of various species. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common European bittern is {Botaurus stellaris}. It makes, during the brooding season, a noise called by Dryden bumping, and by Goldsmith booming. The American bittern is {Botaurus lentiginosus}, and is also called {stake-driver} and {meadow hen}. See {Stake-driver}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is applied to other related birds, as the {least bittern} ({Ardetta exilis}), and the {sun bittern}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Meadow hen — Meadow Mead ow, a. Of or pertaining to a meadow; of the nature of a meadow; produced, growing, or living in, a meadow. Fat meadow ground. Milton. [1913 Webster] Note: For many names of plants compounded with meadow, see the particular word in the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meadow hen — Stake driver Stake driv er ( dr[imac]v [ e]r), n. (Zo[ o]l.) The common American bittern ({Botaurus lentiginosus}); so called because one of its notes resembles the sound made in driving a stake into the mud. Called also {meadow hen}, and {Indian …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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