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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  • Silverman further populates her wuthering heights with a winsome governess (Chasten Harmon), a typhoid maid (Hannah Cabell), a talking moorhen (Teresa Avia Lim), and a glum mastiff (Andrew Garman).

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First Known Use of moorhen

14th century


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