from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coop or cage for poultry. Also called hennery.
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- n. a coop where hens are kept.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A coop or cage for hens.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A coop, pen, cage, or crib of any kind for confining poultry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a farm building for housing poultry
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It is possible that a man (supposing he happened to be on deck at the time of the accident) might have floated ashore on that hencoop.
“It takes you a long time, my son, to mend a hencoop,” he said.
When we had rowed a little further, we discerned it to be a man riding upon a hencoop, who, seeing us approach, pronounced with a hoarse voice, “D — n your bloods! why did you not answer when I hailed?”
I embraced this proposal with joy, and was immediately conducted to the place, where I was treated, while my illness lasted, with the utmost tenderness and care by this grateful halberdier, who had no other bed for himself than a hencoop during the whole passage.
Disappearing into the grey mist through a small door with iron staples, she soon reissued thence with a hencoop, and, seating herself on the steps of the doorway, and setting the coop on her knees, took between her two large palms some fluttering, chirping, downy, golden chicks, and raised them to her ruddy lips and cheeks with a murmur of:
We go to the Abbey and the wives sit in the hencoop in their awful hats.
Lucchese to this day; it is, however, lightly esteemed, and not used at all when other corn abounds, but thrown into the hencoop to fatten poultry.
After he left the deck, the officer of the watch, wrapped in his pea-jacket, measured his length on the weather hencoop, and soon gave unimpeachable evidence of enjoying a comfortable nap.
“This puts me in mind,” said I, “of an Irish pilot who asked the purser of a ship I formerly belonged to, to spare him an empty barrel to make his pig a hencoop, and he would give him a sack of praters for nothing at all, at all.”
He bent over him and attempted to move the hencoop.
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