• synonyms


  1. cirque(def 1).
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Origin of cwm

1850–55; < Welsh: valley. See combe
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Historical Examples of cwm

  • At Cwm Dyli farm they say hes gone to sell sheep; has he so?

    Through Welsh Doorways

    Jeannette Augustus Marks

  • He was much impressed by Caddy of Cwm Glas, the strong woman.

  • The cwm has no attractions for a climber, yet at least one life has been lost in it.

  • He was the son of Cwm Cawlwyd, a chief of the tribe of Gododin.

  • So they proceeded to the place where was the Owl of Cwm Cawlwyd.

    The Mabinogion

    Lady Charlotte Guest

British Dictionary definitions for cwm


  1. (in Wales) a valley
  2. geology another name for cirque (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for cwm


1853, from Welsh cwm "coomb" (see coomb).

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cwm in Science


  1. See cirque.
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