heath hen

noun

Definition of heath hen

: a now extinct grouse (Tympanuchus cupido cupido) of the northeastern U.S. — compare prairie chicken

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By that time two other American species faced their imminent demise: the once-abundant passenger pigeon and the heath hen, a grouse-like bird that lived along the Eastern seaboard. Jennie Erin Smith, WSJ, "‘The Fall of the Wild’ Review: Turning Back the Clock," 12 Apr. 2019

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