from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who fusses over others in an overprotective manner.
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- n. A female chicken who bears eggs or chicks.
- n. An outspoken and overprotective woman dealing with others' affairs.
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- n. a person who cares for the needs of others (especially in an overprotective or interfering way)
- n. a hen with chicks
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Then, one day, a lovely sunny day with great tufts of primroses under the hazels, and many violets dotting the paths, she came in the afternoon to the coops and there was one tiny, tiny perky chicken tinily prancing round in front of a coop, and the mother hen clucking in terror.
“Whoa is right,” my brother, Joe, agreed, stepping up beside me and giving me a totally out-of-character mother hen expression.
I drew an analogy between plant and animal-life, and told her that seeds are eggs as truly as hens 'eggs and birds' eggs – that the mother hen keeps her eggs warm and dry until the little chicks come out.
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