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fen

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[ fen ]
/ fɛn /
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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

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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

Definition for fen (2 of 2)

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[ 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

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First recorded in 1905–10, fen is from the Chinese word fēn
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British Dictionary definitions for fen (1 of 2)

fen1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for fen (2 of 2)

fen2
/ (fɛn) /

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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