Definition of mud hen in English:

mud hen

noun

  • Any of various rails and coots (family Rallidae); especially the Virginia rail, Rallus limicola, the clapper rail, R. longirostris, and the American coot, Fulica americana. Now chiefly North American.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Florio (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages. From mud + hen.

Pronunciation

mud hen

/ˈmʌd hɛn/