Tasmanian native hen


Definition of Tasmanian native hen

: a large, dark-colored, flightless rail (Tribonyx mortierii synonym Gallinula mortierii) native to Tasmania that has a yellow bill, red eyes, and an erect tail Wallabies graze the lawns alongside wombats, while Tasmanian native hens strut about on their matchstick legs.— Andrew Bain, The Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, 13 July 2013

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First Known Use of Tasmanian native hen

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Tasmanian native hen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tasmanian%20native%20hen. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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