Meaning of HEN in English

HEN

/ hen; NAmE / noun

1.

a female chicken, often kept for its eggs or meat :

a small flock of laying hens

battery hens

2.

(especially in compounds) any female bird :

a hen pheasant

—compare cock

—see also moorhen

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English henn , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hen and German Henne .

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