noun \ˈmr-ˌhen\

Definition of MOORHEN

:  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

First Known Use of MOORHEN

14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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.

Variants of MOORHEN

moorhen or common gallinule


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