Writing in Clover: The Versatile Vocabulary of Lewis and Clark by Arlen J. Large

Fat chicken with black and white coloring

© Mark. A. Fields, Dominique Club of America, Clark, Missouri

A "Domanicker"

masthead saying 'We Proceeded On'
Reprinted from We Proceeded On1

In Oregon Lewis described on March 3, 1806, a "pheasant' (actually a grouse) which he said resembled "that kind of dung-hill fowl which the hen-wives of our country call dommanicker." The massive 12-volume Oxford English Dictionary, a respected tracer of word origins, records the word "henwife" (a woman who has charge of fowls) was in print as early as the year 1500.

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