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Fens

[fenz] /fɛnz/
noun
1.
Also called Fenland. a marshy lowland region in E England, S of the Wash: partly drained and channeled since the 17th century.

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 of fen1
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 Fens

Fens

/fɛnz/
plural noun
1.
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

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 Fens

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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