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  4  definitions  found 
 
  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 
  hen. 
 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hen 
  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 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Hen 
  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  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Hen,  grace;  quiet;  rest 
 




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