Definition of fat hen in English:

fat hen

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Pronunciation: /fatˈhɛn
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A herbaceous plant with mealy edible leaves, often considered to be a weed.
    • Chenopodium alba, family Chenopodiaceae
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    • But the beauty of most edible plants - nettles, dandelions, alexanders, fat hen, sorrel - is that they are so prolific they are considered a nuisance.
    • Plants we now consider to be weeds, such as nettles, dock, fat hen and meadowsweet, regularly appeared on the Iron Age menu.
    • They also collected seagull eggs, fresh water lobster, whitebait, pipi, mussels, fat hen and watercress.

Origin

late 18th century: said to be so named because the seeds were eaten by poultry.

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