\ ˈfen How to pronounce fen (audio) \

Definition of fen

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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)
\ ˈfən How to pronounce fen (audio) \
plural fen

Definition of fen (Entry 2 of 3)

a monetary subunit of the yuan — see yuan at Money Table


geographical name
\ ˈfən How to pronounce Fen (audio) , ˈfen \

Definition of Fen (Entry 3 of 3)

river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in northern China in central Shanxi flowing south-southeast into the Huang River

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Synonyms: Noun (1)

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First Known Use of fen

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fen

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Chinese (Beijing) fēn

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The first known use of fen was before the 12th century

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“Fen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fen. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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