fen

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See also: fēn, fén, fěn, and fèn

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English fenn, from Proto-Germanic *fanją (compare West Frisian fean, Dutch veen, Norwegian fen), from Proto-Indo-European *pen (bog, mire) (compare Middle Irish en (water), enach (swamp), Old Prussian pannean (peat-bog), Sanskrit [script needed] (pánkas, marsh, mud)).

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Noun[edit]

fen (plural fens)

  1. a type of wetland fed by ground water and runoff, containing peat below the waterline
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

fen pl (singular: fan)

  1. (dated, fandom slang) 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.
    • 1951, Winthrop Sargeant, Through the Interstellar Looking Glass (in Life magazine, 21 May 1951)
      Sad to relate, however, some of the European delegates were probably insurgents rather than true fen.

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Catalan[edit]

Verb[edit]

fen

  1. third-person singular present indicative form of fendre
  2. second-person singular imperative form of fendre

Dalmatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fine, ablative of finis. Compare Italian fino.

Adjective[edit]

fen (feminine faina)

  1. fine
  2. subtle
  3. pure

Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin faenum, fēnum.

Noun[edit]

fen m (plural fens)

  1. hay

Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finno-Ugric *pänɜ (grindstone; grind).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɛn/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: fen

Verb[edit]

fen

  1. to sharpen

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Entry #728 in Uralonet, online Uralic etymological database of the Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Istriot[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin faenum, fēnum.

Noun[edit]

fen

  1. hay

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

fen

  1. rafsi of fenso.

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

fen

  1. Nonstandard spelling of fēn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of fén.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of fěn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of fèn.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from German Föhn.

Noun[edit]

fȇn m (Cyrillic spelling фен)

  1. hair dryer
  2. (meteorology) foehn

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

fen

  1. definite singular of fe

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Arabic فن (fann).

Noun[edit]

fen (definite accusative [[{{{1}}}#Turkish|{{{1}}}]], plural [[{{{2}}}#Turkish|{{{2}}}]])

  1. science

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