One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A formidable fighter; a feisty, spirited, or quick-tempered person. Usually in plural.
2A nickname for: a soldier from Delaware (frequently in plural with the, as the nickname of a particular regiment or company composed of these soldiers) (now historical). Later more generally: (a nickname for) a native or inhabitant of Delaware.
3More fully "Blue Hen State". A nickname for: the state of Delaware.
Early 19th century. From blue + hen.
blue hen/ˈbluː hɛn/
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