Definition of moorhen in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːhɛn
, ˈmʊə-/


  • 1A small aquatic rail with mainly blackish plumage.
    • Family Rallidae: two genera and four species, in particular the widespread common moorhen or common gallinule (Gallinula chloropus), with a red and yellow bill
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    • 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.
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    • 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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