Definition of hen noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hen//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hen//
    Farm animals, Birds
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  1. 1a female chicken, often kept for its eggs or meat a small flock of laying hens battery hens See related entries: Farm animals, Birds
  2. 2(especially in compounds) any female bird a hen pheasant compare cock see also moorhen See related entries: Birds
  3. Word OriginOld English henn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hen and German Henne.Extra examples I could hear the hens clucking in the farmyard. My hens have stopped laying. She fussed around like a mother hen. The hen laid three beautiful speckled eggs. The hens pecked hopefully at the dusty floor.
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