Also called Fenland. a marshy lowland region in E England, S of the Wash: partly drained and channeled since the 17th century.
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1 [fen]
low land covered wholly or partially with water; boggy land; a marsh.
a marshy region W and S of The Wash, in E England.

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


2 [fen]
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.

1905–10; < Chinese fēn

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fen1 (fɛn)
low-lying flat land that is marshy or artificially drained
[Old English fenn; related to Old High German fenna, Old Norse fen, Gothic fani clay, Sanskrit panka mud]

fen2 (fɛn)
n , pl fen
a monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, worth one hundredth of a yuan
[from Mandarin Chinese]

Fens (fɛnz)
pl n
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

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Word Origin & History

O.E. fen, fenn "marsh, dirt, mud," from P.Gmc. *fanja- (cf. O.Fris. fenne, Du. veen, Ger. Fenn "marsh," Goth. fani "mud"); probably cognate with Gaul. anam "water," Skt. pankah "bog, marsh, mud," O.Prus. pannean "swampland." It., Sp. fango, O.Fr. fanc, Fr. fange "mud" are loan-words from Gmc. The native
L. word was limus or lutum.
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