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fen

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noun \ˈfen\

Definition of fen

  1. :  low land that is covered wholly or partly with water unless artificially drained and that usually has peaty alkaline soil and characteristic flora (as of sedges and reeds)



Origin of fen

Middle English, from Old English fenn; akin to Old High German fenna fen, Sanskrit paṅka mud


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with fen


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fen

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noun \ˈfən\

Definition of fen

plural fen

  1. — see yuan at money table



Origin of fen

Chinese (Beijing) fēn


First Known Use: 1916

Rhymes with fen


Fen

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geographical name \ˈfən, ˈfen\

Definition of Fen

  1. river 300 miles (483 kilometers) N China in cen Shanxi flowing SSE into the Huang





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