Definition of moorhen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmo͝orhen/


1A small aquatic rail with mainly blackish plumage.
  • Family Rallidae: two genera and four species, in particular the widespread common gallinule (Gallinula chloropus), with a red and yellow bill
Example sentences
  • Other birds I saw near the pond were coot, moorhen, purple swamphen and a few Gray Wagtails walking around near the water.
  • A pair of coots, some moorhens, a little grebe and a single Little Egret rounded out the waterbirds.
  • Going around the lake I observed crested grebes, coots, moorhens, ducks, swans and herons.
2British A female red grouse.
Example sentences
  • On one side of the turkey was a hare cut in pieces; on the other woodcocks, moorhens, or other small wild game.
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