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hen

(hĕn)
n.
A female bird, especially the adult female chicken.

hen′nish adj.
hen′nish·ly adv.

hen

1. a mature, egg-laying bird, or bird of egg-laying age that is temporarily not laying eggs; in most cases a female bird more than 5 months old.
2. an adult, female bird.
References in classic literature ?
There is nothing in the world so miserable as a wet hen.
I'm a trifle hungry, myself," declared the yellow hen.
My name is Bill," said the yellow hen, somewhat gruffly.
But when I was first hatched out no one could tell whether I was going to be a hen or a rooster; so the little boy at the farm where I was born called me Bill, and made a pet of me because I was the only yellow chicken in the whole brood.
Oh, I don't mind it in the least," returned the yellow hen.
She waited, however, as the hen advised, and before long the big wooden coop grated gently on the sandy beach and the dangerous voyage was over.
The yellow hen flew to the sands at once, but Dorothy had to climb over the high slats.
Getting my breakfast, of course," murmured the hen, busily pecking away.
asked the hen, lifting her head to gaze with one bright eye at her companion.
returned the hen, in a puzzled tone; "how queer you are, Dorothy
But you eat the chickens that eat the bugs," retorted the yellow hen, with an odd cackle.
It was so hard to tell them apart," explained the hen.