Hypertext Webster Gateway: "hen"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

common in later times among the Jews in Palestine (Matt. 23:37;
Luke 13:34). It is noticeable that this familiar bird is only
mentioned in these passages in connection with our Lord's
lamentation over the impenitence of Jerusalem.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hen \Hen\, n. [AS. henn, hen, h[ae]n; akin to D. hen, OHG.
henna, G. henne, Icel. h?na, Dan. h["o]na; the fem.
corresponding to AS. hana cock, D. haan, OHG. hano, G. hahn,
Icel. hani, Dan. & Sw. hane. Prob. akin to L. canere to sing,
and orig. meaning, a singer. Cf. {Chanticleer}.] (Zo["o]l.)
The female of the domestic fowl; also, the female of grouse,
pheasants, or any kind of birds; as, the heath hen; the gray

Note: Used adjectively or in combination to indicate the
female; as, hen canary, hen eagle, hen turkey, peahen.

{Hen clam}. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A clam of the {Mactra}, and allied genera; the sea clam
or surf clam. See {Surf clam}.
(b) A California clam of the genus {Pachydesma}.

{Hen driver}. See {Hen harrier} (below).

{Hen harrier} (Zo["o]l.), a hawk ({Circus cyaneus}), found in
Europe and America; -- called also {dove hawk}, {henharm},
{henharrow}, {hen driver}, and usually, in America, {marsh
hawk}. See {Marsh hawk}.

{Hen hawk} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of large hawks
which capture hens; esp., the American red-tailed hawk
({Buteo borealis}), the red-shouldered hawk ({B.
lineatus}), and the goshawk.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: adult female chicken [syn: {biddy}]
2: adult female bird
3: flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing
4: female of certain aquatic animals e.g. octopus or lobster

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