moorhen


moorhen
/moor"hen'/, n.
1. Also called water hen. a common species of gallinule, Gallinule chloropus, of nearly worldwide distribution.
2. any of several related gallinules.
3. Chiefly Brit. the female red grouse.
[1250-1300; ME mor-hen. See MOOR1, HEN]

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or common gallinule

Bird of the migratory gallinule species (Gallinula chloropus, family Rallidae) of Europe, Africa, and eastern North America.

Moorhens are blackish and have a scarlet frontal shield (fleshy plate on the forehead). In North America, the moorhen is sometimes called the Florida gallinule.

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      bird species also called common gallinule. See gallinule.

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  • moorhen — n. (Zo[ o]l.) 1. A black gallinule ({Gallinula chloropus}) that inhabits ponds and lakes. Syn: {Gallinula chloropus}. [WordNet 1.5] 2. The female of the {moor fowl}; the {moor hen}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moorhen — ► NOUN ▪ an aquatic bird with mainly blackish plumage and a red and yellow bill …   English terms dictionary

  • moorhen — [moor′hen΄] n. 1. Brit. the female moorfowl, or red grouse 2. the nearly worldwide common gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) …   English World dictionary

  • Moorhen — Gallinule redirects here. For the blue gallinules, see Porphyrio. Moorhens Dusky Moorhen, Gallinula tenebrosa …   Wikipedia

  • moorhen — UK [ˈmʊə(r)ˌhen] / US [ˈmʊrˌhen] noun [countable] Word forms moorhen : singular moorhen plural moorhens a black bird that lives near water and has a red beak …   English dictionary

  • moorhen — /ˈmɔhɛn / (say mawhen) noun 1. → dusky moorhen. 2. any of various waterbirds of the rail family, as the common moorhen, Gallinula chloropus. {moor1 + hen} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Moorhen — nendrinė vištelė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Gallinula chloropus angl. Moorhen vok. Teichralle …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • moorhen — pelkinės vištelės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Gallinula angl. moorhen vok. Teichhuhn, n rus. болотная курица, f; камышница, f pranc. gallinule, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – vandeninės vištos siauresnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • moorhen — noun Date: 14th century an aquatic bird (Gallinula chloropus) of the rail family that is widespread in the New World, Eurasia, and Africa and that has a red bill, red frontal area on the head, and a white band on the flanks called also gallinule …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • moorhen — noun /ˈmur.hɛn/lang=en Any of various medium sized water birds of the genus Gallinula, of the rail family, that feed in open water margins. Syn: gallinule, moggy …   Wiktionary


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