Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An area of low wet land having peaty soil and typically being less acidic than a bog.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To forbid: same as fend : used in this form by boys in marbles and other games, in an exclamatory way, to check or block, according to understood rules, some move of an opposing player.
  • noun Low land covered wholly or partially with water, but producing sedge, coarse grasses, or other aquatic plants; boggy land; a bog; a marsh: as, the bogs in Ireland, or the fens in Lincolnshire, Kent, and Cambridgeshire, England.
  • noun Mud; mire.
  • noun A disease affecting hops, caused by a quick-growing moss or mold. Imp. Dict.
  • noun A section in the work of the Arabic physician Avicenna, called the Canon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Low land overflowed, or covered wholly or partially with water, but producing sedge, coarse grasses, or other aquatic plants; boggy land; moor; marsh.
  • noun a boat of light draught used in marshes.
  • noun (Zoöl.), [Prov. Eng.] a wild duck inhabiting fens; the shoveler.
  • noun (Zoöl.) any water fowl that frequent fens.
  • noun (Zoöl.), [Prov. Eng.] the graylag goose of Europe.
  • noun swamp land.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A plural form of fan used by enthusiasts of science fiction, fantasy, and anime, partly from whimsy and partly to distinguish themselves from fans of sport, etc.
  • noun A type of wetland fed by ground water and runoff, containing peat below the waterline.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water
  • noun 100 fen equal 1 yuan in China

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English fenn.]

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From fan, by analogy with men as the plural of man

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Old English fenn, from Proto-Germanic *fanjan (cf. West Frisian fean, Dutch veen, Norwegian fen), from Proto-Indo-European *pen ‘bog, mire’ (cf. Middle Irish en ‘water’, enach ‘swamp’, Old Prussian pannean ‘peat-bog’, Sanskrit pánkas ‘marsh, mud’).

Examples

  • This year it was awarded to Åcon, a Finnish convention that strives to bring together fen from the Nordic countries.

    sfawardswatch: Tentacle Award

  • This year it was awarded to Åcon, a Finnish convention that strives to bring together fen from the Nordic countries.

    Tentacle Award

  • The studies aren't anywhere near conclusive - they describe only 24 long-term fen-phen users, and the Food and Drug Administration has found nine others.

    Weighty Problems

  • There are tracts of wetland all over Europe, all over the world, but they are not named fens, fen is an English word, it will not migrate.

    Nobel Lecture - Literature 2003

  • The so-called fen-phen drug combination manufactured by Wyeth, now owned by Pfizer Inc., was recalled in the 1990s after one of the medication's components was linked to heart-valve damage.

    Regulators to Review New Drugs to Curb Appetite

  • The so-called fen-phen drug combination manufactured by Wyeth, now owned by Pfizer Inc., was recalled in the 1990s after one of the medication's components was linked to heart-valve damage.

    Regulators to Review New Drugs to Curb Appetite

  • The mechanism is similar to the one used by a component of the recalled fen-phen drug combination, but with an important difference.

    Regulators to Review New Drugs to Curb Appetite

  • The mechanism is similar to the one used by a component of the recalled fen-phen drug combination, but with an important difference.

    Regulators to Review New Drugs to Curb Appetite

  • The so-called fen-phen drug combination manufactured by Wyeth, now owned by Pfizer Inc., was recalled in the 1990s after one of the medication's components was linked to heart-valve damage.

    Regulators to Review New Drugs to Curb Appetite

  • The mechanism is similar to the one used by a component of the recalled fen-phen drug combination, but with an important difference.

    Regulators to Review New Drugs to Curb Appetite

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  • Plath citations: see note at austere.

    March 31, 2008

  • "Fen" – 100 fen equal 1 yuan in China (see above definition) – ahahaha. I've only ever seen fen used as a plural form of the word fan, that's why it caught me completely by surprise. But I'm all *enlightened* now.

    July 14, 2008

  • "Its silvery blackness was all around them now, as if the whole world had turned into a flat Norfolk fen at dawn." From Wizard and Glass by Stephen King.

    January 22, 2011

  • See swale.

    August 2, 2015