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fen1

[fen] /fɛn/
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.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Norse fen quagmire, Gothic fani mud, Dutch ven, German Fenn fen, bog

fen2

[fen] /fɛn/
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.
Origin
1905-10; < Chinese fēn
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British Dictionary definitions for fen's

fen1

/fɛn/
noun
1.
low-lying flat land that is marshy or artificially drained
Word Origin
Old English fenn; related to Old High German fenna, Old Norse fen, Gothic fani clay, Sanskrit panka mud

fen2

/fɛn/
noun (pl) fen
1.
a monetary unit of the People's Republic of China, worth one hundredth of a yuan
Word Origin
from Mandarin Chinese
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Word Origin and History for fen's

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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Encyclopedia Article for fen's

fen

type of bog (q.v.), especially a low-lying area, wholly or partly covered with water and dominated by grasslike plants, grasses, sedges, and reeds. In strict usage, a fen denotes an area in which the soil is organic (peaty) and alkaline rather than acid.

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