marsh hen definition

  • noun:
    • some of different marsh birds for the family Rallidae, which include the gallinules, coots, and rails.
    • a rail; esp., Rallus elegans of fresh-water marshes, and Rallus longirostris of salt-water marshes.
    • any one of different little aquatic wild birds regarding the genus Gallinula recognized from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
    • a coot found in the united states

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