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in the Bible, man who was to have a memorial in the temple.

What does it mean when you dream about a hen?

The hen symbolizes gossip and calamity as well as being annoyingly pecked at by a person or a situation (“henpecked”).


(vertebrate zoology)
The female of several bird species, especially gallinaceous species.


1. the female of any bird, esp the adult female of the domestic fowl
2. the female of certain other animals, such as the lobster
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Don't mention it, my dear," answered the hen, calmly, and began preening her feathers.
It's strange," said the girl, reflectively; "but as I'm not a hen I can't be 'spected to understand that.
The yellow hen was some company, and a bit of comfort, too; but it was dreadfully lonely out on the big ocean, nevertheless.
After a time the hen flew up and perched upon the topmost slat of the coop, which was a little above Dorothy's head when she was sitting upon the bottom, as she had been doing for some moments past.
Over there a little way," answered the hen, nodding her head in a certain direction.
Aunt Pettitoes passed round the handkerchief again)--"beware of traps, hen roosts, bacon and eggs; always walk upon your hind legs.
He saw a small wooden hut, made his way to it, and crept inside--"I am afraid it IS a hen house, but what can I do?
to a hen in his life, being peaceable; also he remembered the hamper.
Just then Toto, who had been growling to himself in a cross way, gave a sharp bark and flew at the yellow hen, who ruffled her feathers and let out such an angry screech that Dorothy was startled.
In spite of this warning had she not grabbed Toto quickly by the neck the little dog would have done the yellow hen a mischief, and even now he struggled madly to escape Dorothy's grasp.
And this is Billina," continued Dorothy, introducing the yellow hen, and they all bowed to her in turn.
I've such wonderful news," said the hen, turning her head so that one bright eye looked full at Dorothy.