- IPA: /fɛn/
fen (plural fens)
- A type of wetland fed by ground water and runoff, containing peat below the waterline, characteristically alkaline.
- 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii], page 4 ↗:
- 1807, William Wordsworth, "England, 1802," collected in Poems (1807):
- Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour:
- England hath need of thee: she is a fen
- Of stagnant waters […]
- 1842, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Slave in the Dismal Swamp, from Poems on Slavery:
- In dark fens of the Dismal Swamp / The hunted Negro lay; [...]
- Russian: боло́то
fen (plural fens)Noun
- (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.
- (obsolete) Used in children's games to prevent or forestall another player's action; a check or bar.