fen

1
[ fen ]
/ fɛn /

noun

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.

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Origin of fen

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Norse fen quagmire, Gothic fani mud, Dutch ven, German Fenn fen, bog

fen

2
[ 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.

Origin of fen

2
First recorded in 1905–10, fen is from the Chinese word fēn

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British Dictionary definitions for fen

fen

1
/ (fɛn) /

noun

low-lying flat land that is marshy or artificially drained

Word Origin for fen

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

noun plural fen

a monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, worth one hundredth of a yuan

Word Origin for fen

from Mandarin Chinese

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Word Origin and History for fen

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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