Guinea hen

Guinea hen
Guinea Guin"ea (g[i^]n"[-e]), n. 1. A district on the west coast of Africa (formerly noted for its export of gold and slaves) after which the Guinea fowl, Guinea grass, Guinea peach, etc., are named. [1913 Webster]

2. A gold coin of England current for twenty-one shillings sterling, or about five dollars, but not coined since the issue of sovereigns in 1817. [1913 Webster]

The guinea, so called from the Guinea gold out of which it was first struck, was proclaimed in 1663, and to go for twenty shillings; but it never went for less than twenty-one shillings. --Pinkerton. [1913 Webster]

{Guinea corn}. (Bot.) See {Durra}.

{Guinea Current} (Geog.), a current in the Atlantic Ocean setting southwardly into the Bay of Benin on the coast of Guinea.

{Guinea dropper} one who cheats by dropping counterfeit guineas. [Obs.] --Gay.

{Guinea fowl}, {Guinea hen} (Zo["o]l.), an African gallinaceous bird, of the genus {Numida}, allied to the pheasants. The common domesticated species ({Numida meleagris}), has a colored fleshy horn on each aide of the head, and is of a dark gray color, variegated with small white spots. The crested Guinea fowl ({Numida cristata}) is a finer species.

{Guinea grains} (Bot.), grains of Paradise, or amomum. See {Amomum}.

{Guinea grass} (Bot.), a tall strong forage grass ({Panicum jumentorum}) introduced. from Africa into the West Indies and Southern United States.

{Guinea-hen flower} (Bot.), a liliaceous flower ({Fritillaria Meleagris}) with petals spotted like the feathers of the Guinea hen.

{Guinea peach}. See under {Peach}.

{Guinea pepper} (Bot.), the pods of the {Xylopia aromatica}, a tree of the order {Anonace[ae]}, found in tropical West Africa. They are also sold under the name of {Piper [AE]thiopicum}.

{Guinea plum} (Bot.), the fruit of {Parinarium excelsum}, a large West African tree of the order {Chrysobalane[ae]}, having a scarcely edible fruit somewhat resembling a plum, which is also called {gray plum} and {rough-skin plum}.

{Guinea worm} (Zo["o]l.), a long and slender African nematoid worm ({Filaria Medinensis}) of a white color. It lives in the cellular tissue of man, beneath the skin, and produces painful sores. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • guinea hen — n. 1. a female guinea fowl 2. any guinea fowl …   English World dictionary

  • guinea hen — noun 1. flesh of a guinea fowl (especially of hens) • Hypernyms: ↑poultry • Part Holonyms: ↑guinea fowl, ↑guinea, ↑Numida meleagris 2. female guinea fowl • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • guinea-hen —    obsolete    a prostitute    A pun on her fee and the common avian imagery:     Ere I would say, I would drown myself for the love of a guinea hen, I would change my humanity with a baboon. (Shakespeare, Othello) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • guinea hen — guin′ea hen n. 1) orn the female of the guinea fowl 2) orn any guinea fowl …   From formal English to slang

  • guinea hen — noun Date: 1599 a female guinea fowl; broadly guinea fowl …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • guinea hen — 1. the female of the guinea fowl. 2. any member of the guinea fowl family. [1570 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • guinea hen — /ˈgɪni hɛn/ (say ginee hen) noun 1. the female of the guineafowl. 2. any guineafowl …   Australian English dictionary

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