Writing in Clover: The Versatile Vocabulary of Lewis and Clark by Arlen J. Large
© Mark. A. Fields, Dominique Club of America, Clark, Missouri
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.
- 1. Arlen J. Large, "Writing in Clover: The Versatile Vocabulary of Lewis and Clark," We Proceeded On, Volume 13, No. 4 (November 1987), the quarterly journal of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. Editorial changes include the title, adding the sub-headings, and adding graphics. The original printed article is can be found at http://lewisandclark.org/wpo/pdf/vol13no4.pdf#page=12.