The Closing Word: Fen

The Closing Word: Fen

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This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (fenn)

1. low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water
2. Chinese monetary unit; 100 fen equal 1 yuan in China

From “A fen is similar to a marsh, a mire, a swamp, or a bog. In all of these wetland ecosystems, the water level tends to rise and fall, leaving them constantly soggy to some degree. Fens are distinguished by the kinds of plants that grow there, including tall grasses and moss, and by the acidity of the water. The word fen comes from the Old English fenn, which means “mud, mire, dirt, or marsh.”

“The buyer liked the peace and quiet of the remote lot, but had concerns that when the rains picked up he’d discover he’d built his home in the middle of a fen.”

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