Hen harrier
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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Hen Harrier — Taxobox name = Hen Harrier status = LR/lc | status system = IUCN3.1 status ref = IUCN2006|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2004|id=49360|title=Circus cyaneus|downloaded=11 May 2006 Database entry includes justification for why this species… …   Wikipedia

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

  • hen harrier — 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

  • Hen Harrier — javinė lingė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Circus cyaneus angl. Hen Harrier vok. Kornweihe …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • hen harrier — javinė lingė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Circus cyaneus angl. hen harrier vok. Kornweihe, f rus. полевой лунь, m pranc. busard Saint Martin, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – lingės …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • hen harrier — Brit. See northern harrier. [1555 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • hen harrier — noun A bird of prey, Circus cyaneus, which breeds in the northern parts od Eurasia and America. Syn: Northern Harrier …   Wiktionary

  • hen harrier — n. harrier of North America and Europe that nests in marshes (Birds) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hen harrier — noun a harrier (bird) of open country, the male of which is mainly pale grey and the female brown. [Circus cyaneus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • hen-harrier — …   Useful english dictionary

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