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water hen


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n water 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 water hen a coot found in North America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A scientist at Michigan State University has calculated that the production of a single hen egg requires about 120 gallons of water, a loaf of bread requires 300 gallons, and a pound of beef, 3,500.
    • Water hen (Zoöl) Any gallinule.
    • Water hen (Zoöl) The common American coot.
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In literature:

To promote laying, good food in moderate quantities should be given to the hens, and also clean water.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
She hauds up her head like a hen drinking water.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
He must have thought that he was going to be freed to race back to his hens, to the corn and the water.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
At that moment she heard a noise at her feet which frightened her and a water hen jumped into the water, terrified.
"Nobody's Girl" by Hector Malot
She got the hen out of the water, scolded Anna, and threatened to send her indoors.
"Little Folks (December 1884)" by Various
Don't forget to give the hens food and water twice a day.
"Wild Ducks" by W. Coape Oates
Dr. Jones stared, much as a hen might stare to see her own ducklings take to the water.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Back came the Hen-sparrow with a drink of water for her husband.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
The Hen: What is the water for?
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
There they go," he continued, "spattering along the water, just like water-hens, and then diving.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
The Hen gave the Well the Kerchief, and the Well gave the Hen some Water.
"The Shoemaker's Apron" by Parker Fillmore
Besides grain the hens need water and a place to dust.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
She will talk strict and positive, and hold her head as high as a hen drinking water.
"A Reconstructed Marriage" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Next morning before breakfast, Rose and Harry went to the hen-house with a saucer of water, and some barley which they spread on the floor.
"The Pleasures of the Country" by Harriet Myrtle
This is one of the largest water hens found in Brazil, where it is very rare.
"Zoological Illustrations, Volume III" by William Swainson
They are then washed in water, and afterwards immersed in an infusion of hen or pigeon's dung.
"Popular Technology, Vol. I (of 2)" by Edward Hazen
The trap descended upon three hens, half-a-dozen sparrows, and the water-hen.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies
Put a large hen lobster into a hard-boiling pot of highly-salted water, that the animal may die immediately.
"Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book" by Eliza Leslie
He himself had seen it dry, and he saw the hens that drank of the water live to lay many excellent eggs.
"Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum" by John Healy
In nooks and corners amongst the reeds and water weeds, the coots and water-hens were tending their nestlings.
"The Siege of Norwich Castle" by Matilda Maria Blake

In poetry:

Bramble-branches held me,
But had they not compelled me
Yet had I lingered there
Hearing the frogs and then
Watching the water-hen
That stared back at my stare.
"The Pond" by John Freeman

In news:

Little Hen's agrarian accent leaves a mouth-watering experience.
Henning, who is president of the Reeds Lake Association, started asking questions in his quest to stop the ravine's erosion and keep the water clean in the lake he treasures.
Wash hens under cold water and pat dry.
The bespoke "Versailles-inspired" coop is described as the "poshest hen house ever imagined" with a living room, waterer, library and chandelier.
Little Hen 's agrarian accent leaves a mouth-watering experience.