Moor hen
Moor Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and abounding in peat; a heath. [1913 Webster]

In her girlish age she kept sheep on the moor. --Carew. [1913 Webster]

2. A game preserve consisting of moorland. [1913 Webster]

{Moor buzzard} (Zo["o]l.), the marsh harrier. [Prov. Eng.]

{Moor coal} (Geol.), a friable variety of lignite.

{Moor cock} (Zo["o]l.), the male of the {moor fowl} or red grouse of Europe.

{Moor coot}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Gallinule}.

{Moor game}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Moor fowl}.

{Moor grass} (Bot.), a tufted perennial grass ({Sesleria c[ae]rulea}), found in mountain pastures of Europe.

{Moor hawk} (Zo["o]l.), the marsh harrier.

{Moor hen}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The female of the {moor fowl}. (b) A gallinule, esp. the European species. See {Gallinule}. (c) An Australian rail ({Tribonyx ventralis}).

{Moor monkey} (Zo["o]l.), the black macaque of Borneo ({Macacus maurus}).

{Moor titling} (Zo["o]l.), the European stonechat ({Pratinocola rubicola}). [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • moor hen — moor hen, 1. the female red grouse; gorhen. 2. any one of various wading birds, such as the gallinule, rail, and coot …   Useful english dictionary

  • moor hen — Gallinule Gal li*nule, n. [L. gallinula chicken, dim. of gallina hen: cf. F. gallinule.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of several wading birds, having long, webless toes, and a frontal shield, belonging to the family {Rallidae}. They are remarkable for running… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moor hen — moorhen moorhen n. (Zo[ o]l.) 1. A black gallinule ({Gallinula chloropus}) that inhabits ponds and lakes. Syn: {Gallinula chloropus}. [WordNet 1.5] 2. The female of the {moor fowl}; the {moor hen}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moor hen — female of the moor fowl; gallinule …   English contemporary dictionary

  • moor-hen — n. Gallinule, water hen, spotted crake (Gallinula chloropus, or Crex porzana) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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  • Moor — Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moor buzzard — Moor Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moor coal — Moor Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moor cock — Moor Moor, n. [OE. mor, AS. m[=o]r moor, morass; akin to D. moer moor, G. moor, and prob. to Goth. marei sea, E. mere. See {Mere} a lake.] 1. An extensive waste covered with patches of heath, and having a poor, light soil, but sometimes marshy,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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