afanc

n.

cattle-devouring aquatic monster in Celtic countries, from Celtic *abankos "water-creature," from *ab- "water" (cf. Welsh afon, Breton aven "river," Latin amnis "stream, river," which is of Italo-Celtic origin).


Nearby words

  1. af,
  2. af-,
  3. af.,
  4. afab,
  5. afaik,
  6. afar,
  7. afara,
  8. afars and issas,
  9. afars and the issas,
  10. afb

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for afanc

  • Moreover, have we not the voice of tradition that the afanc was something monstrous?

    Wild Wales|George Borrow