wood hen

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wood hen flightless New Zealand rail of thievish disposition having short wings each with a spur used in fighting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wood hen (Zoöl) Any one of several species of Old World short-winged rails of the genus Ocydromus, including the weka and allied species.
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Usage

In literature:

He took the chill off the water for his cows, just as Mrs. Wood did for her hens.
"Beautiful Joe" by Marshall Saunders
A.M. saw 2 Port Egmont Hens, a Seal, some sea Weed, and a Piece of wood with Barnacles upon it.
"Captain Cook's Journal During the First Voyage Round the World" by James Cook
He took the chill off the water for his cows, just as Mrs. Wood did for her hens.
"Beautiful Joe" by by Marshall Saunders
I never did see any hens in these woods, but she may be around here for all that.
"The Pot of Gold" by Mary E. Wilkins
We carefully save all wood ashes for the hogs and hens, and we burn our own charcoal in a pit in the wood lot.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
Pretty soon the hen reached the woods.
"Doctor Rabbit and Brushtail the Fox" by Thomas Clark Hinkle
Since noon we've done nothing but pluck pheasants, pewits, wood-hens, and heath-cocks.
"In the Yule-Log Glow, Book I" by Various
Over in the farmer's barnyard a hen was cackling, but in the woods not a sound could be heard.
"Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin" by Ben Field
The body of a Wood Ibis {209} is about the size of a Turkey hen.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
Let me sit down here behind this screen of ferns and briers, and hear this wild-hen of the woods call together her brood.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
The ball is of wood, round, and about the size of a hen's egg, and in the game must never be touched by the hand.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
Let me sit down here behind the screen of ferns and briers, and hear this wild hen of the woods call together her brood.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
Mrs. Moulton turned and ran toward the woods again, much as a hen-partridge scurries to its young.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
This last was a habit that the wood-hen had taught him.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
A table is brought in, on which we see a large hen, carved in wood, sitting as on a nest.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
She kept her hens in a part of the wood-shed that was boarded off.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
There was a little door, low down, for the hens to go through, and outside was a yard, with a fence around made of strips of wood.
"The Sandman: His Farm Stories" by William J. Hopkins
Shealey and Beecham captured Roy Henning and took him for a long stroll through the woods that Sunday afternoon.
"'As Gold in the Furnace'" by John E. Copus
Both of these slandered "hen hawks" prefer to live in low, wet, wooded places with open meadows for hunting grounds near by.
"Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje Blanchan
I saw in the woods, some old hens scratching, and I thought I might persuade her to sell me one.
"Memoirs of a Veteran Who Served as a Private in the 60's in the War Between the States" by Isaac Hermann
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In poetry:

Within the shed where logs, late hewed,
Smell forest-sweet, and chips of wood
Make blurs of white and brown,
The brood-hen cuddles her warm brood
Of teetering down.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
Philemon found the rede was good,
And, turning on the poor hen,
He clapt his hands, and stamped, and shooed,
Hunting the exile tow'rd the wood,
To house with snipe and moorhen.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

' Hen of the woods ' a rare find.
MITCHELL — Josh Stiles of West Baden holds a 15-pound " hen of the woods " mushroom found by Harry Russell of Mitchell.
'Hen of the woods' a rare find.
MITCHELL — Josh Stiles of West Baden holds a 15-pound "hen of the woods" mushroom found by Harry Russell of Mitchell.
' Hen of the woods' a rare find.
MITCHELL — Josh Stiles of West Baden holds a 15-pound " hen of the woods" mushroom found by Harry Russell of Mitchell.
You'll find passive and aggressive hens in the spring woods.
He was shaving slices from a basketball-size hen of the woods mushroom.
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