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weald

[weeld] /wild/
noun
1.
wooded or uncultivated country.
Origin of weald
1150
before 1150; Middle English weeld, Old English weald forest; cognate with German Wald; cf. wold1
Can be confused
weald, wield.

Weald

[weeld] /wild/
noun
1.
The, a region in SE England, in Kent, Surrey, and Essex counties: once a forest area; now an agricultural region.
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  • But weald feared he might bring death back to weald if he were allowed to return.

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  • So he was definitely unpopular when his ship lifted from weald.

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  • He went through the filmed record of every inspection ever made on weald and on Dara.

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  • But they ought to be told about the arrival of that ship at weald, and what weald thinks about it!

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  • It's practically certain that there are other, agents, if you like that word better, on weald.

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  • And there hasn't been a plague on weald so you people aren't carriers of it.

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  • On weald they don't know how it happened, but they suspect blueskins.

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  • When they grow up they're just like—the people of weald or any other world.

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  • So some fool has decided to get weald too busy fighting a plague of its own to bother with you.

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  • I certainly didn't do it to help them dump germ-cultures on weald!

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British Dictionary definitions for weald

weald

/wiːld/
noun
1.
(Brit, archaic) open or forested country
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wald, Old Norse vollr, probably related to wild

Weald

/wiːld/
noun
1.
the Weald, a region of SE England, in Kent, Surrey, and East and West Sussex between the North Downs and the South Downs: formerly forested
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Word Origin and History for weald
n.

Old English (West Saxon) weald "forest, woodland," specifically the forest between the North and South Downs in Sussex, Kent, and Surrey; a West Saxon variant of Anglian wald (see wold).

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