from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The female of the black grouse.

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  • noun female black grouse


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  • Another interesting feature about pheasants is the extraordinary difference in plumage between the sexes, a gap equalled only between the blackcock and greyhen and quite unknown in the partridge, quail and grouse.

    Birds in the Calendar

  • The sportsmen cried out, "A hen pheasant!" but a gentleman present, who had often seen grouse in the north of England, assured me that it was a greyhen.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1

  • The last pack remembered was killed about thirty-five years ago; and within these ten years one solitary greyhen was sprung by some beagles in beating for a hare.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1


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