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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Definitions for fen

  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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Citations for fen
It was already very ancient; its foundation had been laid by Roman soldiery; in the lapse of ages much of it had sunk, and every here and there, for a few hundred yards, it lay submerged below the stagnant waters of the fen. Robert Louis Stevenson, The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses, 1888
We could do nothing but get drenched while the earth spat mud around us and the fen steamed and boiled. Jeremy Page, Salt, 2007
Origin of fen
Fen came from the Old English term fenn, and ultimately comes from the Proto-Indo-European root pen- meaning "swamp."
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