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fen (fen) noun
1. Low land covered with water.
[From Middle English, from Old English fen or fenn.]
"In the Netherlands, large tracts of former intensively cultivated arable
land has been returned to fen."
"Central Park and the city have long since rebounded. But Olmsted & Vaux's
masterpiece of earthwork art -- 843 acres of painstakingly carved forests,
dales, lakes and grottos now celebrating its 150th anniversary -- has
often been torn between beauty and the beast, a once-stinking fen
refashioned into a resplendent oasis and yet still prey to despoliation
and nightmarish crime."
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