Fen

Fen

(fn), 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.
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'Mid reedy fens wide spread.
Wordsworth.
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Fen is used adjectively with the sense of belonging to, or of the nature of, a fen or fens.
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Fen boat, a boat of light draught used in marshes. -- Fen duck (Zol.), a wild duck inhabiting fens; the shoveler. [Prov. Eng.] -- Fen fowl (Zol.), any water fowl that frequent fens. -- Fen goose (Zol.), the graylag goose of Europe. [Prov. Eng.] -- Fen land, swamp land.
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