moorhen

noun moor·hen \ ˈmu̇r-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

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14th century

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