heath hen
noun Date: 1644 a now extinct grouse (Tympanuchus cupido cupido) of the northeastern U.S. — compare prairie chicken

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  • Heath hen — Heath Heath (h[=e]th), n. [OE. heth waste land, the plant heath, AS. h[=ae][eth]; akin to D. & G. heide, Icel. hei[eth]r waste land, Dan. hede, Sw. hed, Goth. hai[thorn]i field, L. bucetum a cow pasture; cf. W. coed a wood, Skr. ksh[=e]tra field …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heath hen — Heath Heath (h[=e]th), n. [OE. heth waste land, the plant heath, AS. h[=ae][eth]; akin to D. & G. heide, Icel. hei[eth]r waste land, Dan. hede, Sw. hed, Goth. hai[thorn]i field, L. bucetum a cow pasture; cf. W. coed a wood, Skr. ksh[=e]tra field …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heath-hen — heathˈ hen noun 1. The grey hen or female black grouse 2. An extinct American bird related to the prairie chicken • • • Main Entry: ↑heath …   Useful english dictionary

  • heath hen — heath′ hen n. orn an extinct prairie chicken of the eastern U.S. Tympanuchus cupido cupido[/ex] • Etymology: 1640–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • heath hen — ☆ heath hen n. an extinct New England grouse (Tympanuchus cupido cupido) …   English World dictionary

  • Heath Hen — Taxobox name = Heath Hen status = EX extinct = 1932 image caption = Stuffed specimen at Boston Museum of Science regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Galliformes familia = Tetraonidae genus = Tympanuchus species = T. cupido… …   Wikipedia

  • heath hen — noun 1. extinct prairie chicken • Syn: ↑Tympanuchus cupido cupido • Hypernyms: ↑prairie chicken, ↑prairie grouse, ↑prairie fowl 2. female black grouse • Syn: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • heath hen — 1. an American gallinaceous bird, Tympanuchus cupido cupido, closely related to the prairie chicken: extinct. 2. the female of the black grouse. [1585 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • heath hen — n. female black grouse; nonexistent prairie chicken …   English contemporary dictionary

  • USS Heath Hen (AMc-6) — For the satellite, see AMC 6 (satellite)USS Heath Hen (AMc 6) a wooden dragger, was built in 1936 by A. D. Storey, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, as Noreen ; acquired by the U.S. Navy 18 October 1940 as USS Heath Hen (AMc 6); converted to a coastal… …   Wikipedia

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