marsh hen EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun any of various rails or raillike birds.
Origin of marsh hen An Americanism dating back to 1700–10 Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for marsh hen Historical Examples of marsh hen
Sedge′-hen, a marsh-hen; Sedge′-war′bler, a reed-warbler, the sedge-wren.
Marsh-Hen, much the same as in Europe, only she makes another sort of Noise, and much shriller.
British Dictionary definitions for marsh hen marsh hen noun any bird that frequents marshes and swamps, esp a rail, coot, or gallinule Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012