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 for Gray hen
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gray \Gray\ (gr[=a]), a. [Compar. Grayer; superl. Grayest.]
     [OE. gray, grey, AS. gr[=ae]g, gr[=e]g; akin to D. graauw,
     OHG. gr[=a]o, G. grau, Dan. graa, Sw. gr[*a], Icel. gr[=a]r.]
     [Written also grey.]
     1. any color of neutral hue between white and black; white
        mixed with black, as the color of pepper and salt, or of
        ashes, or of hair whitened by age; sometimes, a dark mixed
        color; as, the soft gray eye of a dove.
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              These gray and dun colors may be also produced by
              mixing whites and blacks.             --Sir I.
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     2. Gray-haired; gray-headed; of a gray color; hoary.
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     3. Old; mature; as, gray experience. -- Ames.
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     4. gloomy; dismal.
     Gray antimony (Min.), stibnite.
     Gray buck (Zool.), the chickara.
     Gray cobalt (Min.), smaltite.
     Gray copper (Min.), tetrahedrite.
     Gray duck (Zool.), the gadwall; also applied to the female
     Gray falcon (Zool.) the peregrine falcon.
     Gray Friar. See Franciscan, and Friar.
     Gray hen (Zool.), the female of the blackcock or black
        grouse. See Heath grouse.
     Gray mill or Gray millet (Bot.), a name of several plants
        of the genus Lithospermum; gromwell.
     Gray mullet (Zool.) any one of the numerous species of the
        genus Mugil, or family Mugilid[ae], found both in the
        Old World and America; as the European species
        ({Mugilid[ae] capito, and Mugilid[ae] auratus), the
        American striped mullet ({Mugilid[ae] albula), and the
        white or silver mullet ({Mugilid[ae] Braziliensis). See
     Gray owl (Zool.), the European tawny or brown owl ({Syrnium
        aluco). The great gray owl ({Ulula cinerea}) inhabits
        arctic America.
     Gray parrot (Zool.), an African parrot ({Psittacus
        erithacus), very commonly domesticated, and noted for its
        aptness in learning to talk. Also called jako.
     Gray pike. (Zool.) See Sauger.
     Gray snapper (Zool.), a Florida fish; the sea lawyer. See
     Gray snipe (Zool.), the dowitcher in winter plumage.
     Gray whale (Zool.), a rather large and swift whale of the
        northern Pacific ({Eschrichtius robustus, formerly
        Rhachianectes glaucus), having short jaws and no dorsal
        fin. It grows to a length of 50 feet (someimes 60 feet).
        It was formerly taken in large numbers in the bays of
        California, and is now rare; -- called also grayback,
        devilfish, and hardhead. It lives up to 50 or 60 years
        and adults weigh from 20 to 40 tons.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heath \Heath\ (h[=e]th), n. [OE. heth waste land, the plant
     heath, AS. h[=ae][eth]; akin to D. & G. heide, Icel.
     hei[eth]r waste land, Dan. hede, Sw. hed, Goth. hai[thorn]i
     field, L. bucetum a cow pasture; cf. W. coed a wood, Skr.
     ksh[=e]tra field. [root]20.]
     1. (Bot.)
        (a) A low shrub ({Erica vulgaris or Calluna vulgaris),
            with minute evergreen leaves, and handsome clusters of
            pink flowers. It is used in Great Britain for brooms,
            thatch, beds for the poor, and for heating ovens. It
            is also called heather, and ling.
        (b) Also, any species of the genus Erica, of which
            several are European, and many more are South African,
            some of great beauty. See Illust. of Heather.
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     2. A place overgrown with heath; any cheerless tract of
        country overgrown with shrubs or coarse herbage.
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              Their stately growth, though bare,
              Stands on the blasted heath.          --Milton
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     Heath cock (Zool.), the blackcock. See Heath grouse
     Heath grass (Bot.), a kind of perennial grass, of the genus
        Triodia+({Triodia+decumbens">Triodia ({Triodia decumbens), growing on dry heaths.
     Heath grouse, or Heath game (Zool.), a European grouse
        ({Tetrao tetrix), which inhabits heaths; -- called also
        black game, black grouse, heath poult, heath fowl,
        moor fowl. The male is called heath cock, and
        blackcock; the female, heath hen, and gray hen.
     Heath hen. (Zool.) See Heath grouse (above).
     Heath pea (Bot.), a species of bitter vetch ({Lathyrus
        macrorhizus), the tubers of which are eaten, and in
        Scotland are used to flavor whisky.
     Heath throstle (Zool.), a European thrush which frequents
        heaths; the ring ouzel.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  gray hen
      n 1: female black grouse [syn: greyhen, grayhen, grey hen,
           gray hen, heath hen]

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