Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the nature of a fen; marshy.
  • adj. Archaic Inhabiting or found in fens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characteristic of a fen; marshy, swampy.
  • adj. Living or growing in a fen (now only of plants).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or inhabiting, a fen; abounding in fens; swampy; boggy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the character of a fen; boggy; marshy.
  • Inhabiting or growing in fens; abounding in fens: as, fenny brake.
  • Muddy.
  • Same as finewed.

Etymologies

Old English fenniġ. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The machinery is long gone and water mint, butterwort, dragonflies and frogs flourish in the fenny pools where grey crystals of galena were separated from the spoil, but the shells of the buildings remain.

    Country diary: Westgate, Weardale

  • Bharat Joshi The state is far better known for its beaches, carnivals, fenny and hotels than its hard – nosed industry, which, surprisingly, is a larger contributor to the state coffers and jobs.

    The Ship That Ran Aground in Goa

  • I can see them circling the thing, dressed in black robes, muttering about eyes of newt and fillets of fenny snakes.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • On the second day we reached a marshy and fenny country, which, owing to immense quantities of rain which had lately fallen, was completely submerged.

    Lavengro

  • It was flat and somewhat fenny, a district more of pasture than agriculture, and not very thickly inhabited.

    Lavengro

  • [97] Fresh water fowl, especially swans, were found in great numbers about the Asian Marsh, a fenny tract of country in

    The Iliad of Homer

  • In briefe, that it was a waterish and fenny countrey, and full of riuers, chanels, and ditches, and that therein was an innumerable multitude of boates and small shippes, as likewise great store of tall and seruiceable ships, wherewith they sailed vnto all quarters of the world, etc.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Away with it therefore to fenny frogs, for we esteeme no more of it, then of their croaking coax coax.

    A briefe commentarie of Island, by Arngrimus Ionas

  • Here is the mountain of the Moon, — yonder thou mayst perceive the fenny march of Nilus.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • The nests of all marsh-birds are built in districts fenny and well supplied with grass; consequently, the mother-bird while sitting quiet on her eggs can provide herself with food without having to submit to absolute fasting.

    The History of Animals

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