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

  Swamp \Swamp\, n. [Cf. AS. swam a fungus, OD. swam a sponge, D.
     zwam a fungus, G. schwamm a sponge, Icel. sv["o]ppr, Dan. &
     Sw. swamp, Goth. swamms, Gr. somfo`s porous, spongy.]
     Wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but
     not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the
     seashore.
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           Gray swamps and pools, waste places of the hern.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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           A swamp differs from a bog and a marsh in producing
           trees and shrubs, while the latter produce only
           herbage, plants, and mosses.             --Farming
                                                    Encyc. (E.
                                                    Edwards,
                                                    Words).
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     Swamp blackbird. (Zool.) See Redwing
     (b) .
  
     Swamp cabbage (Bot.), skunk cabbage.
  
     Swamp+deer+(Zool.),+an+Asiatic+deer+({Rucervus+Duvaucelli">Swamp deer (Zool.), an Asiatic deer ({Rucervus Duvaucelli)
        of India.
  
     Swamp hen. (Zool.)
     (a) An Australian azure-breasted bird ({Porphyrio bellus);
         -- called also goollema.
     (b) An Australian water crake, or rail ({Porzana Tabuensis);
         -- called also little swamp hen.
     (c) The European purple gallinule.
  
     Swamp honeysuckle (Bot.), an American shrub ({Azalea
        viscosa syn. Rhododendron viscosa or Rhododendron
        viscosum) growing in swampy places, with fragrant flowers
        of a white color, or white tinged with rose; -- called
        also swamp pink and white swamp honeysuckle.
  
     Swamp hook, a hook and chain used by lumbermen in handling
        logs. Cf. Cant hook.
  
     Swamp itch. (Med.) See Prairie itch, under Prairie.
  
     Swamp+laurel+(Bot.),+a+shrub+({Kalmia+glauca">Swamp laurel (Bot.), a shrub ({Kalmia glauca) having small
        leaves with the lower surface glaucous.
  
     Swamp maple (Bot.), red maple. See Maple.
  
     Swamp oak (Bot.), a name given to several kinds of oak
        which grow in swampy places, as swamp Spanish oak
        ({Quercus palustris), swamp white oak ({Quercus
        bicolor), swamp post oak ({Quercus lyrata}).
  
     Swamp ore (Min.), bog ore; limonite.
  
     Swamp partridge (Zool.), any one of several Australian game
        birds of the genera Synoicus and Excalfatoria, allied
        to the European partridges.
  
     Swamp robin (Zool.), the chewink.
  
     Swamp sassafras (Bot.), a small North American tree of the
        Magnolia+({Magnolia+glauca">genus Magnolia ({Magnolia glauca) with aromatic leaves
        and fragrant creamy-white blossoms; -- called also sweet
        bay.
  
     Swamp sparrow (Zool.), a common North American sparrow
        ({Melospiza Georgiana, or Melospiza palustris), closely
        resembling the song sparrow. It lives in low, swampy
        places.
  
     Swamp willow. (Bot.) See Pussy willow, under Pussy.
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