- Also called Fenland. a marshy lowland region in E England, S of the Wash: partly drained and channeled since the 17th century.
- 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
- 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.
Origin of fen2
Examples from the Web for fens
The shores of its creeks and fens are tenanted by minks and muskrats.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Fens, like deserts, are large things very apt to be mislaid.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Fortune declared against him, and he retreated, like some Hereward, to the fens."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
The low hills were not yet cleared, nor the fens and the wolds trimmed and enclosed.Oxford
The whole country was now, in fact, a vast expanse of marshes and fens.Hannibal
- the Fens a flat low-lying area of E England, west and south of the Wash: consisted of marshes until reclaimed in the 17th to 19th centuries
- low-lying flat land that is marshy or artificially drained
- a monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, worth one hundredth of a yuan
Word Origin and History for fens
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.