Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A grouse, especially the young bird. See the extract.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • This evening luck had deserted his fishing, so the trapper took a rifle and went into the woods after a fool-hen.

    The Maid of the Whispering Hills

  • Every man had a gun in his canoe, but ammunition is expensive on the Swan River, and for small fry, musk-rat, duck, fool-hen, or rabbit, they still used the prehistoric bow and arrow.

    The Woman from Outside [on Swan River]

  • No animals in this shot it’s to bad but the frames before i have a fool-hen on her nest. patois says:

    Wordless Wednesday – #1

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  • Rob Burns wrote some verse on a louse -

    Apostrophized once a wee mouse.

    Was I out of school when

    We studied his fool-hen

    Or has he not honored the grouse?

    February 24, 2017