Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Marshy land; fens; specifically, in England, the marshy region in Cambridge, Norfolk, Lincoln, and adjacent counties, now in great part reclaimed.

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  • noun a kind of low-lying ground, often wet or marshy

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  • noun low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water

Etymologies

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fen +‎ land

Examples

  • In the morning the water was back on, and I felt very grateful to some poor soul who had probably had to spend a freezing night in a fenland ditch somewhere, digging up pipes.

    Darwin Sucks « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Years ago, on hearing that my family would be moving from Cornwall to fenland Lincolnshire, a friend's father sympathised: I was stationed there during the war.

    Letters: Blood ban

  • The river Tern, which flows south from the Weald Moors – an ancient fenland that had been drained by the 18th century – met the Severn at Atcham and backed up across fields into parkland at Attingham.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • The fenland landscape may be flat and dreary; these stories are anything but.

    This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You by Jon McGregor – review

  • Years ago, on hearing that my family would be moving from Cornwall to fenland Lincolnshire, a friend's father sympathised: I was stationed there during the war.

    Letters: Blood ban

  • The 30 fiercely imagined stories in Jon McGregor's collection share an extraordinary topophilia: each bears as its subtitle the name of a fenland town or village, and even in tales that range widely across space and time we never lose touch with the flat Lincolnshire landscape.

    This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You by Jon McGregor – review

  • Startlingly white in this green and yellow landscape, it is a refreshing curve amongst the fenland horizontals.

    A Bridge for Sergeant Pike

  • I found this one on my fenland tour whilst out picking-off candidates for Classic Constructs, a new book for later on in the year.

    Water Marks

  • Drifting curtains of fenland rain obscured everything from 20 yards so that, pedalling round the perimeter, the only indications of intense activity were waves of clatter from each dispersal as ground crews completed the arming of the Lancasters.

    Short story competition

  • Drifting curtains of fenland rain obscured everything from 20 yards so that, pedalling round the perimeter, the only indications of intense activity were waves of clatter from each dispersal as ground crews completed the arming of the Lancasters.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

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  • "A saltern is a word with a number of differing (but interrelated) meanings. In English archaeology, a saltern is an area used for salt making, especially in the East Anglian fenlands."

    August 25, 2016