from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who lives in fens or marshes.
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At the first bout they strove with steel, and were ill-matched at that, for the heavy strength of the fenman was futile against the lithe speed of the hunter.
The watch-fire lights, that were our guide, twinkled above us through the trees that were on the hillside; and we made at once for them, sending on the fenman to spy out the post before we were near it.
Once the brave fenman led them to where they dared not move till daylight came, while the blue fen lights flitted round them like ghosts in the dark; and then the fen people swarmed round them, and ended them with arrows and sling stones from a distance.
Othery island, and there found a fenman to guide us, and so went to the foot of Edington hill just as darkness fell.
AN avaricious fenman, who kept a very scanty table, dining one Saturday with his son at an ordinary in Cambridge, whispered in his ear, "Tom, you must eat for to-day and to-morrow."
"Both areas have different needs," another local observed, while a Downham Market pensioner protested that he was "a Norfolk boy" rather than a fenman.
a fenman from Sedgemoor, who knew all the paths through the wastes.