marsh hen

Definitions of marsh hen
  1. noun
    a coot found in North America
    synonyms: American coot, Fulica americana, mud hen, water hen
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    type of:
    slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks
  2. noun
    any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
    synonyms: gallinule, swamphen, water hen
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    Florida gallinule, Gallinula chloropus cachinnans
    North American dark bluish-grey gallinule
    Gallinula chloropus, moorhen
    black gallinule that inhabits ponds and lakes
    purple gallinule
    gallinules with showy purplish plumage
    European gallinule, Porphyrio porphyrio
    purple gallinule of southern Europe
    American gallinule, Porphyrula martinica
    American purple gallinule
    type of:
    aquatic bird
    wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water
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