From Middle High German henne, from Old High German henna, from Proto-Germanic *hanjō, from Proto-Indo-European *kan- (“to sing”), *kana-. Compare Dutch hen, English hen, Danish høne, Icelandic hæna. See also Huhn.
Henne f (genitive Henne, plural Hennen)
- hen (female chicken)
- In western and parts of northern Germany, the word Henne is rarely used and only the synonym Huhn is common. Henne might still be used in these regions when the specification of the female is of particular importance to the context, chiefly in the plural.
- Henne in Duden online