swamphen


swamphen
noun
any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
Syn: ↑gallinule, ↑marsh hen, ↑water hen
Hypernyms: ↑aquatic bird
Member Holonyms: ↑Gallinula, ↑genus Gallinula

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ noun
: any of various birds (family Rallidae) that frequent swamps: as
a. : coot 4

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/swomp"hen'/, n. Ornith.
any of several large Old World gallinules varying from purple to white, all possibly belonging to the single species Porphyrio porphyrio.
[SWAMP + HEN]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • swamphen — /ˈswɒmphɛn / (say swomphen) noun See purple swamphen. {swamp1 + hen} …   Australian English dictionary

  • swamphen — /swomp hen /, n. Ornith. any of several large Old World gallinules varying from purple to white, all possibly belonging to the single species Porphyrio porphyrio. [SWAMP + HEN] * * * …   Universalium

  • swamphen — noun /ˈswɒmp.hɛn/lang=en Several species of bird in the genus Porphyrio of the family Rallidae. Syn: gallinule …   Wiktionary

  • Purple Swamphen — Taxobox name = Purple Swamphen status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 image caption = P. p. poliocephalus Thommana, Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Gruiformes familia = Rallidae genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • Réunion Swamphen — Taxobox name = Réunion Swamphen status = EX | status system = IUCN3.1 extinct = 18th century regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Gruiformes familia = Rallidae genus = Porphyrio species = P. coerulescens binomial = Porphyrio… …   Wikipedia

  • St Helena Swamphen — Taxobox name = St Helena Swamphen status = EX status system = iucn3.1 extinct = Early 16th. Century regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Gruiformes familia = Rallidae genus = Aphanocrex species = A. podarces binomial =… …   Wikipedia

  • Marquesas Swamphen — Paul Gauguin s 1902 probable depiction of the Marquesan swamphen (Porphyrio paepae) being killed by a dog. Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Lord Howe Swamphen — Taxobox name = Lord Howe Swamphen status = EX | status system = IUCN3.1 extinct = early 19th century regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Gruiformes familia = Rallidae genus = Porphyrio species = P. albus binomial = Porphyrio …   Wikipedia

  • New Caledonian Swamphen — Taxobox name = New Caledonian Swamphen status = EX extinct = see text status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Gruiformes familia = Rallidae genus = Porphyrio species = P. kukwiedei binomial = Porphyrio… …   Wikipedia

  • purple swamphen — noun A species of the Rallidae family, Porphyrio porphyrio. Syn: African purple swamphen, purple coot, purple gallinule, purple moorhen, sultana bird …   Wiktionary


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