"my hen"

Translation:моя курица

December 10, 2015



Are there separate words for hen, rooster and chicken as in English? Or is it as they do in Spanish and just change the gender of the word to indicate the gender of the animal?


ку́рица (female), пету́х (male), цыплёнок (child)


child chicken...I approve of this term for chick. So adorable.


Цыплёнок stands for both chik and chicken. The female chick/chicken - whether a bird or a girl is called цЫпочка (or цЫпа - a less frequent word). Chicken as meat is called курятина. A hatching hen or a hen which is expected to lay eggs is called насЕдка. In southern Russian dialects the rooster is also called кОчет

[deactivated user]

    A hen isn't linguistically male in Russian? I expected it to be мой.


    Well, hens are female chickens. But in any case, aside from a handful of neuter nouns ending in -мя, all nouns ending in -а or -я are feminine.


    "all nouns ending in -а or -я are feminine"

    There are a several obvious exceptions to this generalization. Например, мой папа, мой дедушка, мой дядя --- все мужского рода. Этот мужчина, тот юноша и т.д. It seems that the masculine nouns ending in -а or -я refer to people.

    And in fact, there are TWO handfuls of neuter nouns ending in -мя (at least counting by my two hands, which have five fingers each): имя, время, знамя, семя, темя, бремя, племя, пламя, вымя, тремя.


    You must have meant стремя (stirrup) when you wrote тремя (which is the instrumental of три - three)

    [deactivated user]

      That would make it a rooster, indeed. My bad. The word hen looks a lot like the word haan, which is a male chicken in Dutch ...

      Thanks for the tip.


      Why моя and not мои?


      Курица is a singular noun of the feminine gender, so it correlates with она and моя. Мои is the plural form of ‘my’. “My hens” translates as «мои куры» or «мои наседки» (the latter is more likely, since курица is also “chicken” in general).


      Моя - my (She is my - она моя). Мои - my (These are my - они мои). Мой - my (He is my - он мой).

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