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marsh hen

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n marsh hen any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
    • n marsh hen a coot found in North America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Marsh hen (Zoöl) a rail; esp., Rallus elegans of fresh-water marshes, and Rallus longirostris of salt-water marshes.
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Usage

In literature:

As the marsh hen secretly builds on the watery sod, Behold I will build me a nest on the greatness of God!
"Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four." by William H. Elson
Is it known to the little marsh-hen that cunningly builds her nest at the foot of the sedges?
"Virginia: The Old Dominion" by Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
The Rails from their size and shape are sometimes called Marsh Hens.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
The marsh-hen spied her first, and dropped into the grass.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
A marsh-hen threshed the water with her wings, And, for a breath, the marsh life woke and throbbed.
"Carolina Chansons" by DuBose Heyward and Hervey Allen
In the meantime he would not rob that marsh hen's nest which he had found.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
Jupiter, grinning from ear to ear, bustled about to prepare some marsh-hens for supper.
"The Short-story" by William Patterson Atkinson
Down they scurried like three valiant marsh hens to aid the turtle.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The one in question, Lucien said, was the "marsh-hawk," sometimes also called the "hen-harrier.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Jupiter, grinning from ear to ear, bustled about to prepare some marsh-hens for supper.
"International Short Stories" by Various
Then the Marsh Hens made their nests, and the Sand-pipers ran mincingly along by the quiet pools.
"Among the Night People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
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In news:

High tides bring out few marsh hen hunters.
(Photo courtesy of Lee Bryant Reid Hendrix of Huntersville, N.C. Shows a marsh hen he harvested on his first hunt this past weekend with his uncle and Savannah resident Lee Bryant.
Home: FS Seminars: FS Review – DragonFly Marsh Hen .
Florida Sportsman Boating Editor, Dave East, speaks with Mark Caslow of DragonFly Boatworks about the new DragonFly Marsh Hen .
Don't know how many took advantage of the 9-foot-plus tides this week to hunt marsh hens .
Home: FS Seminars: FS Review – DragonFly Marsh Hen.
Florida Sportsman Boating Editor, Dave East, speaks with Mark Caslow of DragonFly Boatworks about the new DragonFly Marsh Hen.
Highest tides of the marsh hen season coming.
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