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Meaning of HEN

Pronunciation:  hen

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  female of certain aquatic animals e.g. octopus or lobster
  2. [n]  adult female bird
  3. [n]  adult female chicken
  4. [n]  flesh of an older chicken suitable for stewing

HEN is a 3 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: biddy
 See Also: bird, brood hen, broody, broody hen, cackler, chicken, chicken, female, Gallus gallus, layer, poulet, pullet, setting hen, sitter, volaille



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a hen in your dream, symbolizes gossip and calamity. You have a tendency to brag about minor things. It may also suggest being "hen-pecked" or that you feel being picked on.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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.

 Definition:  grace; quiet; rest
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: Bantam, banty, barn-door fowl, barnyard fowl, biddy, bird, bitch, bossy, broad, broiler, brood mare, brooder, broody hen, capon, chanticleer, chick, chickabiddy, chicken, chicky, cock, cockerel, cow, dame, doe, doll, domestic fowl, drake, duck, duckling, dunghill fowl, ewe, ewe lamb, filly, fowl, fryer, game fowl, gander, gobbler, goose, gosling, guinea cock, guinea fowl, guinea hen, gyp, heifer, hen turkey, hind, Jane, jenny, lioness, mare, minx, nanny, nanny goat, Partlet, peahen, poulard, poult, poultry, pullet, roaster, roe, rooster, setting hen, she-bear, she-goat, she-lion, skirt, slut, sow, spring chicken, stewing chicken, tigress, tom, tom turkey, tomato, turkey, turkey gobbler, turkey-cock, vixen, wench