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[fen] /fɛn/
low land covered wholly or partially with water; boggy land; a marsh.
the Fens, a marshy region W and S of The Wash, in E England.
Origin of fen1
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Norse fen quagmire, Gothic fani mud, Dutch ven, German Fenn fen, bog


[fen] /fɛn/
noun, plural fen.
an aluminum coin and monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, the hundredth part of a yuan or the tenth part of a jiao.
First recorded in 1905-10, fen is from the Chinese word fēn Unabridged
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  • Borings at different places show the fen soil to vary in depth from 24ft.

  • For a first book ‘A Daughter of the fen’ is full of promise.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • They were almost overshadowed by an enormous mountain, which rose beyond the fen on the south.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Beyond, flows the fen River, and before him is the city gate.

  • When sometimes bits of fen land, from his neighbor's farms, got loose and floated on the water, Ryer felt he was in luck.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks William Elliot Griffis
  • They came chiefly from the fen country and were only partially trained.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • fen Wix must have got himself into trouble through his informing.

    The Bradys' Chinese Clew Francis Worcester Doughty
  • There has been little water in Coe fen for the last hundred years.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • The rooms were numbered, and the number of the room given by old fen Wix was on the third floor.

    The Bradys' Chinese Clew Francis Worcester Doughty
  • Also, that is the most dangerous part of the fen, the miles between the river and this lake.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
British Dictionary definitions for fen


low-lying flat land that is marshy or artificially drained
Word Origin
Old English fenn; related to Old High German fenna, Old Norse fen, Gothic fani clay, Sanskrit panka mud


noun (pl) fen
a monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, worth one hundredth of a yuan
Word Origin
from Mandarin Chinese
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Word Origin and History for fen

Old English fenn "mud, mire, dirt; fen, marsh, moor," from Proto-Germanic *fanjam- (cf. Old Saxon feni, Old Frisian fenne, Middle Dutch venne, Dutch veen, Old High German fenna, German Fenn "marsh," Old Norse fen, Gothic fani "mud"), from PIE *pen- "swamp" (cf. Gaulish anam "water," Sanskrit pankah "bog, marsh, mud," Old Prussian pannean "swampland"). Italian and Spanish fango, Old French fanc, French fange "mud" are loan-words from Germanic. The native Latin word was limus or lutum.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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