fen

1 of 2

noun (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)

fen

2 of 2

noun (2)

plural fen
a monetary subunit of the yuan see yuan at Money Table

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Chinese (Beijing) fēn

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1916, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Fen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fen. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

fen

noun

ˈfen
: low land covered wholly or partly by water

Geographical Definition

Fen

geographical name

ˈfən How to pronounce Fen (audio)
ˈfen
river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in northern China in central Shanxi flowing south-southeast into the Huang River

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