Meaning of HEN in English

HEN

■ noun

1》 a female bird, especially of a domestic fowl.

↘( ~s ) domestic fowls of either sex.

↘used in names of various rails and other birds, e.g. native ~ .

↘a female lobster, crab, or salmon.

2》 Scottish used as an affectionate term of address to a girl or woman.

Phrases

as rare (or scarce ) as ~'s teeth extremely rare.

Origin

OE ~n , of Gmc origin.

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