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Equivalent to moor +‎ hen, from Old English mōrhana, perhaps a corruption of wōrhana (pheasant).

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moorhen (plural moorhens)

  1. Any of various medium-sized water birds of the genus Gallinula, of the rail family, that feed in open water margins.
  2. (Britain) A female red grouse, Lagopus lagopus scotica.

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