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[mass noun] A herbaceous plant with mealy edible leaves, often considered to be a weed.
- ‘But the beauty of most edible plants - nettles, dandelions, alexanders, fat hen, sorrel - is that they are so prolific they are considered a nuisance.’
- ‘They also collected seagull eggs, fresh water lobster, whitebait, pipi, mussels, fat hen and watercress.’
- ‘Plants we now consider to be weeds, such as nettles, dock, fat hen and meadowsweet, regularly appeared on the Iron Age menu.’
- ‘Crops are weedier than in recent years with fat hen, redshank and knotgrass making a number of crops look increasingly untidy.’
- ‘I promise to pull my socks up this week, not least because without urgent attention, fat hen threatens to strangle all my seedlings.’
Late 18th century: said to be so named because the seeds were eaten by poultry.
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