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, German Fenn), from Proto-Indo-European *pen (bog, mire). Compare Middle Irish en (water), enach (swamp), Old Prussian pannean (peat-bog), Sanskrit पङ्क (paṅka, marsh, mud, mire, slough).

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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 (normally plural, singular fan)

  1. (dated, fandom slang) 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.
    • 1951 May 21, Sargeant, Winthrop, “Through the Interstellar Looking Glass”, in Life[1], volume 30, number 21, page 127:
      Sad to relate, some of the European delegates were probably insurgents rather than true fen. [] But the Europeans could be counted on to take the long view, and many of them would probably turn out to be real fen and fenne after all.
    • 2016 September 3, lurkertype, “Worldcon 75 Chair Responds”, in File 770[2], Comments:
      So I’m glad the attached hotel block is entirely reserved for disabled fen! Traveling on mass transit is tiring even when everything’s up to code.

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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

Chuukese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fen

  1. holy

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Adverb[edit]

fen

  1. past tense marker for verbs
  2. already

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

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Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈfɛn]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: fen

Verb[edit]

fen

  1. (transitive) 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.

Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *fanją.

Noun[edit]

fen n (genitive plural fenja)

  1. bog, quagmire
    mýrar ok fen

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from German Föhn.

Noun[edit]

fȇn m (Cyrillic spelling фе̑н)

  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 فَنّ (fann).

Noun[edit]

fen (definite accusative fenni, plural fenler)

  1. science

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