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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
fen
noun
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▪ An unsuitable Palladian mansion in an unexciting East Anglian village on the edge of the black fens.
▪ Breeds on still and slow-moving fresh water with dense fringe of vegetation, also marshes, fens, bogs.
▪ Every fen went into more land.
▪ It has a fine collection of manorial and local government records, and its archive of fens drainage papers is unique.
▪ Relatively little of the peat fens had been reclaimed in medieval times.
▪ The fens threw up some odd crimes.
▪ Wetland sites include all those found in lakes, swamps, marshes, fens, and peat bogs.
▪ What the people wanted on the fen was what they had already: grazing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Fen

Fen \Fen\ (f[e^]n), n. [AS. fen, fenn, marsh, mud, dirt; akin to D. veen, OFries. fenne, fene, OHG. fenna, G. fenn, Icel. fen, Goth. fani mud.] Low land overflowed, or covered wholly or partially with water, but producing sedge, coarse grasses, or other aquatic plants; boggy land; moor; marsh.

'Mid reedy fens wide spread.
--Wordsworth.

Note: Fen is used adjectively with the sense of belonging to, or of the nature of, a fen or fens.

Fen boat, a boat of light draught used in marshes.

Fen duck (Zo["o]l.), a wild duck inhabiting fens; the shoveler. [Prov. Eng.]

Fen fowl (Zo["o]l.), any water fowl that frequent fens.

Fen goose (Zo["o]l.), the graylag goose of Europe. [Prov. Eng.]

Fen land, swamp land.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
fen

"low land covered wholly or partly by water," Old English fenn "mud, mire, dirt; fen, marsh, moor," from Proto-Germanic *fanjam- "swamp, marsh" (cognates: Old Saxon feni, Old Frisian fenne, Middle Dutch venne, Dutch veen, Old High German fenna, German Fenn "marsh," Old Norse fen, Gothic fani "mud"), from PIE *pen- "swamp" (cognates: Gaulish anam "water," Sanskrit pankah "bog, marsh, mud," Old Prussian pannean "swampland"). Italian and Spanish fango, Old French fanc, French fange "mud" are loan-words from Germanic. The native Latin word was limus or lutum.

Wiktionary
fen

Etymology 1 n. A type of wetland fed by ground water and runoff, containing peat below the waterline. Etymology 2

n. (label en dated fandom) fans; a plural form used by enthusiasts of science fiction, fantasy, and anime, partly from whimsy and partly to distinguish themselves from fans of sport, etc.

WordNet
fen
  1. n. 100 fen equal 1 yuan

  2. low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water; "thousands of acres of marshland"; "the fens of eastern England" [syn: marsh, marshland, fenland]

Wikipedia
Fen

A fen is one of the main types of wetland, the others being grassy marshes, forested swamps, and peaty bogs. Along with bogs, fens are a kind of mire. Fens are usually fed by mineral-rich surface water or groundwater. They are characterised by their water chemistry, which is pH neutral or alkaline, with relatively high dissolved mineral levels but few other plant nutrients. They are usually dominated by grasses and sedges, and typically have brown mosses in general including Scorpidium or Drepanocladus. Fens frequently have a high diversity of other plant species including carnivorous plants such as Pinguicula. They may also occur along large lakes and rivers where seasonal changes in water level maintain wet soils with few woody plants. The distribution of individual species of fen plants is often closely connected to water regimes and nutrient concentrations.

Fens have a characteristic set of plant species, which sometimes provide the best indicators of environmental conditions. For example, fen indicator species in New York State include Carex flava, Cladium mariscoides, Potentilla fruticosa, Pogonia ophioglossoides and Parnassia glauca.

Fens are distinguished from bogs, which are acidic, low in minerals, and usually dominated by sedges and shrubs, along with abundant mosses in the genus Sphagnum.

Fens have been damaged in the past by land drainage, and also by peat cutting. Some are now being carefully restored with modern management methods. The principal challenges are to restore natural water flow regimes, to maintain the quality of water, and to prevent invasion by woody plants.

Fen (disambiguation)

A fen is a type of wetland.

Fen(s), FEN(S), or Fenn(s) may also refer to:

Fen (name)

Fen may be either a Chinese female given name or family name. As a given name, it is represented in simplified Chinese as 芬 (pinyin: Fēn).

Fen may also be a surname in countries other than China, such as Uzbekistan where it is represented in Cyrilic as Фен.

Fen or Fenna is also an unrelated Frisian name.

Fen (band)

Fen is a British black metal/ post-rock band formed in 2006 from the Fens of East Anglia signed to the label Code666. Their Myspace page reports that they "draw the listener into a windswept and desolate landscape, bereft of hope". In 2006 they recorded the Ancient Sorrow EP (released on both CD and vinyl) and January 2009 saw the release of the first full length album The Malediction Fields under the CODE666 record label. In 2011 they released the second studio album Epoch (also CODE666 records), gaining positive reviews in leading magazines Metal Hammer (8/10) and Terrorizer magazine (7.5/10). The album was launched at the Bull & Gate venue in London with support from the old Corpse Road on 11 February 2011.

Fen have played at many festivals and with many other acts, including at the Infernal Damnation Festival, the Damnation Festival 2010 (alongside acts such as Sabbat and Lawnmower Deth) the Aurora Infernalis Festival in 2012 (alongside Primordial) and tours (including international dates) with Negura Bunget, Wodensthrone and Agalloch.

Epoch was released in a standard jewel CD case and as a strictly limited artbook edition (limited to 799 copies) with 40 pages of photography from the landscapes that have inspired the music and two bonus tracks ("The Wind Whispers of Loss" & "...From the Mists"). A Waning Solace from Epoch featured in Terrorizer magazine's 10 essential anthems (Issue 208). For this album the lineup featured original members The Watcher, Grungyn and Theutus with Æðelwalh previously of Wodensthrone on synths. Prior to Æðelwalh (in 2007) Draugluin had played synths with the band.

In 2012 Fen announced that their third album Dustwalker would be released on 21 January 2013 via Code 666 records, a launch show would follow in Camden on 15 February. The lineup for this record would be a three piece featuring the Watcher, Grungyn and new drummer Derwydd. To support the new album Fen announced a 28 date European tour alongside Agalloch.

Usage examples of "fen".

Griffeides, Orpheus with his lute of eight blue stars, Miraldra the Enchantress with blazing Fenim for her diadem, and low in the southeast the star-veils of Alastor Cluster.

Golightly The Nipper Lanky Jones Blue Baccy Nancy Nutall and the Mongrel Our John Willie Bill and the Mary Ann Shaughnessy AUTOBIOGRAPHY Our Kate Catherine Cookson Country Let Me Make Myself Plain WRITING AS CATHERINE MAR CHANT House of Men Heritage of Folly The Fen Tiger THE House of Women CORGI BOOKS THE HOUSE OF WOMEN A CORGI BOOK 0 552 13303 5 Originally published in Great Britain by Bantam Press a division of Transworld Publishers Ltd PRINTING HISTORY Bantam Press edition published 1992 Corgi edition published 1993 Corgi edition reprinted 1993 Copyright Catherine Cookson 1992 The right of Catherine Cookson to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Golightly The Nipper Lanky Jones Blue Baccy Nancy Nutall and the Mongrel Our John Willie AUTOBIOGRAPHY Our Kate Catherine Cookson Country Let Me Make Myself Plain WRITING AS CATHERINE MAR CHANT House of Men Heritage of Folly The Fen Tiger THE GILLYVORS Catherine Cookson CORGI BOOKS THE GILLYVORS A CORGI BOOK 0 552 13621 2 Originally published in Great Britain by Bantam Press, a division of Transworld Publishers Ltd PRINTING HISTORY Bantam Press edition published 1990 Corgi edition published 1991 Corgi edition reissued 1991 Copyright Catherine Cookson 1990 The right of Catherine Cookson to be identified as author of this work has been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Rudsky, does the fact that you are not assigned to the Sally Fenning murder have anything to do with the fact that you are a named beneficiary under her will?

Fenner halted abruptly, became one of a group pressed together, staring across at the Café Racine.

He drew his thin shoulders, almost angrily, back from Fenner and resumed his staring at the Café Racine, his eyes dull again, not seeing, only remembering that he, counting the months to his own death, had stayed alive today.

Henry suggested sending a messenger to Dilling ham, Fen church and Westwardine to explain that they were marooned for the night, and the Dit tons reluctantly agreed.

The Senior Tutor was filmed cycling along the towpath by Fen Ditton coaching an eight, and was then interviewed in Hall on the dietary requirements of athletes.

Alconbury is on the edge of the Fens and the base has already sent men and vehicles to assist in evacuating villagers at Ten Mile Bank near Downham Market.

Fenner and Gowdy sat there like a couple bumps on a log, afraid to crack in front of me.

In some swamps and fens the barbarian even spotted some antique reptiles, the great long-necked honkers and screechers like giant lizards.

In a swoop, only half aware of what he was doing, he gathered Kook in one arm and ran out the door: Fina, with tropical birds peeking from her green dress whenever the black coat flew open, followed, hands joined with Tolito and Jose in a line.

Rosa and Jose- fina lifted Lidia by the armpits and carried her as they tiptoed two or three times around the table.

It had been a gloomy journey, across a fen shrouded in mist of autumn, an unpeopled landscape, flat, waterlogged, dotted here and there with pollarded willows with their melancholy look of men whose arms have been lopped off or mutilated women with whips upon their heads.

Francesca shrugged nonchalantly and quickly pretended like she was interested in what Mei and Fen were discussing about baby names.