from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A subspecies of the prairie chicken (Tympanuchus cupido subsp. cupido) that became extinct in eastern North America during the first part of the 20th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See Heath grouse (above).

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  • n. female black grouse
  • n. extinct prairie chicken


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  • The Heath Hen was established as distinct from its relative, the Prairie Chicken, in 1885. Correllus State Forest, on Martha's Vineyard, was established in 1908 as a Heath Hen Reserve to prevent the bird's extinction. The last Heath Hen was sighted there in 1932, shortly after a grassland fire.

    September 22, 2008