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hen

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

hen′nish adj.
hen′nish·ly adv.
References in classic literature ?
"I'm glad to know that," continued the yellow hen, in a confidential tone; "because, if one is going to talk, it's best to talk correctly.
"You may have my egg," said the yellow hen. "I don't care for it, you know."
"Don't mention it, my dear," answered the hen, calmly, and began preening her feathers.
"Can't you see that Billina is my friend?" In spite of this warning had she not grabbed Toto quickly by the neck the little dog would have done the yellow hen a mischief, and even now he struggled madly to escape Dorothy's grasp.
"But I've such wonderful news for you, Dorothy," cried the yellow hen; "I've--"
"And this is Billina," continued Dorothy, introducing the yellow hen, and they all bowed to her in turn.
Nine are living and have grown up to be very respectable hens; but one took cold at Ozma's birthday party and died of the pip, and the other two turned out to be horrid roosters, so I had to change their names from Dorothy to Daniel.
In the yards were all the children and grandchildren of these eleven elders and they were of all sizes, from well-grown hens to tiny chickens just out of the shell.
jiggetty jig!" clucked a broody white hen roosting next to him.
He grabbed the white hen roosting next to the cock; then his eye fell upon Pigling Bland, squeezed up in a corner.
to a hen in his life, being peaceable; also he remembered the hamper.
"Ah, but these hens," answered the young man,--"these hens of aristocratic lineage would scorn to understand the vulgar language of a barn-yard fowl.