from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The female heathbird; the hen of the black grouse.
- n. One of several American grouse, as the pinnated, ruffed, or Canada grouse. Also heath-cock.
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Anne tales of our hunting, and so forth, but she would not listen a word till I threw in something of King Arthur, and then I warrant she would sit still as a heath-hen when the hawk is in the heavens.
The heath-hen (_tetrao cupido_), or as it is here called, the
They would have mistaken the track of the moose for that of a wild cat; they would have thought the tread of a land-tortoise the trail of the grey snake; they would have killed an owl and feasted upon it, for a heath-hen.