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Noun: water hen
  1. A coot found in North America
    - American coot, marsh hen, mud hen, Fulica americana
  2. Any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
    - gallinule, marsh hen, swamphen, pukeko [NZ]

Derived forms: water hens

Type of: aquatic bird, coot

Part of: Fulica, Gallinula, genus Fulica, genus Gallinula

Encyclopedia: Water hen