Meaning of hen flesh in English:

hen flesh

Pronunciation /ˈhɛn flɛʃ/


(also hen's flesh)
  • 1The flesh or meat of a hen.

  • 2British, Midlands English, Scottish dialect, rare A state of the skin caused by cold, fear, or excitement, in which small bumps appear on the surface as the hairs become erect. Compare "goose-flesh", chicken flesh .

    With allusion to the appearance of the skin of a plucked chicken.


Late Middle English. In some forms from hen + flesh.