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fen

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noun
  1. low land covered wholly or partially with water; boggy land; a marsh.
  2. the Fens, a marshy region W and S of The Wash, in E England.
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Origin of fen

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before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Norse fen quagmire, Gothic fani mud, Dutch ven, German Fenn fen, bog

fen

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[fen]
noun, plural fen.
  1. 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.
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Origin of fen

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First recorded in 1905–10, fen is from the Chinese word fēn
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Related Words for fen

mire, quagmire, moor, bog, wetland

Examples from the Web for fen

Historical Examples of fen

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

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes

  • Beyond, flows the Fen River, and before him is the city gate.

  • There was not a light in any house she passed, not even in Mr. Fen Llewellen's cottage.

  • Shall we try to circle this fen and get across, or go back again?

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • But do you think it will take off all the water, and spoil the fen, Dave?

    Dick o' the Fens

    George Manville Fenn


British Dictionary definitions for fen

fen

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noun
  1. low-lying flat land that is marshy or artificially drained
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Word Origin for fen

Old English fenn; related to Old High German fenna, Old Norse fen, Gothic fani clay, Sanskrit panka mud

fen

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noun plural fen
  1. a monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, worth one hundredth of a yuan
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Word Origin for fen

from Mandarin Chinese
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Word Origin and History for fen

n.

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.

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