marsh hen
noun Date: 1709 1. any of various American rails 2. bittern

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Marsh hen — 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 hen — marsh′ hen n. orn any of various rails or raillike birds • Etymology: 1700–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • marsh hen — n. any of several birds, as the rail or coot, living or feeding in marshy areas …   English World dictionary

  • marsh hen — noun 1. a coot found in North America • Syn: ↑American coot, ↑mud hen, ↑water hen, ↑Fulica americana • Hypernyms: ↑coot • Member Holonyms: ↑Fulica, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • marsh hen — /ˈmaʃ hɛn / (say mahsh hen) noun any of various rails or rail like birds …   Australian English dictionary

  • marsh hen — any of various rails or raillike birds. [1700 10, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Salt-marsh hen — Salt Salt, a. [Compar. {Salter}; superl. {Saltest}.] [AS. sealt, salt. See {Salt}, n.] 1. Of or relating to salt; abounding in, or containing, salt; prepared or preserved with, or tasting of, salt; salted; as, salt beef; salt water. Salt tears.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • salt-marsh hen — noun : clapper rail …   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

  • 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] {Marsh… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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