Meaning of waterhen in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɔːtəhɛn/


  • An aquatic rail, especially a moorhen or related bird.

    Genera Gallinula and Amaurornis, family Rallidae

    ‘Mr Deacon says that far from damaging wildlife, the lake and wetlands already attract kingfishers, mallards, woodpeckers, coots, waterhens, curlews, plovers, deer and foxes.’
    • ‘In summer we would go down to the Dingle Lodge to swim or look for birds nest and watch waterhens on the canal.’
    • ‘It is a much larger bird than the waterhen and it is intriguing to watch it as it conducts its underwater manoeuvres.’
    • ‘I was disappointed at missing out on the owl, but more so on the waterhen, because I'd thought it would be easy.’
    • ‘One lad used to sail on the pond in an old iron bathtub; sometimes waterhens' eggs would be taken and cooked to eat.’