moorhen

noun
moor·​hen | \ ˈmu̇r-ˌhen How to pronounce moorhen (audio) \

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

Examples of moorhen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the proposal, the Horicon refuge would be open to hunting for woodcock, moorhen, coyote, ruffed grouse, opossum, raccoon, fox, skunk, bobcat, snowshoe hare and black bear on acres already open to other hunting. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Proposal seeks to expand hunting and fishing on federal refuges," 26 Apr. 2020 All of the windows look out on the river, abundant with trout and irresistible to herons and moorhens. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "Old World Meets New at Adare Manor, Ireland’s Just-Renovated Castle Hotel," 4 Apr. 2018 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). The New Yorker, "The Moors," 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of moorhen

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Moorhen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moorhen. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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