setting hen

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n setting hen a domestic hen ready to brood
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Usage

In literature:

DARLIN': Yer sets yer stomich like it were hen's eggs.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
Aunt Bethiah found one of them amongst the hay, when she was hunting for her setting-hen.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
But I was disgusted with him when the poor hen was setting.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
After this she was set upon hen's eggs, and she hatched them all.
"Little Folks (July 1884)" by Various
Arthur set out with his leather bag strapped across his back, and the basket containing a little Dorking hen in his hand.
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various
And Johnson has a hen setting.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
Little Pye was as nervous as a hen; a sound set him jumping.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
And he knew she had a habit of setting hens on duck eggs.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
Through an independent set of experiments this view of the nature of the Brown Leghorn hen has been confirmed in an interesting way.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
Now, you just wait till one of your hens wants to set, and you put ducks' eggs under her, and you'll have a family of ducks in a twinkling.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
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In news:

It's a hot summer in the Northeast — but not as hot as the quirky little market for guinea hens — the latest fad for the monied set looking to do battle against Lyme disease carrying ticks.
Hen advocates for the homeless pitched nine tents in Lafayette Park across from the White House in 1981, they also set up a complicated constitutional question involving free speech and government regulation.
The Mud Hens will host Detroit in an exhibition game at noon April 4 at Fifth Third Field with proceeds set to go to charity.
W hen he came to power six years ago, President Felipe Calderon set goals to alleviate poverty, create jobs and increase public safety.
Last summer, the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States agreed on legislation that would set national standards for the treatment of laying hens , setting aside years of enmity over the issue.
W hen a set of online teasers for a new camera called the Lytro appeared earlier this year, you could have been forgiven for seeing the invention as just another gimmick.
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