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 Chicken (plural chickens).Chicken-hearted. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Chicken of St. Nicholas (The).
So the Piedmontese call the ladybird, or little red beetle with spots of black, called by the Russians “God’s little cow,” and by the Germans, “God’s little horse” sent as a messenger of love.   1

 Chicken (plural chickens).Chicken-hearted. 

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