Nearby words

  1. cvs,
  2. cvt,
  3. cw,
  4. cwa,
  5. cwlth,
  6. cwmbran,
  7. cwo,
  8. cwp,
  9. cwps,
  10. cws

Origin of cwm

1850–55; < Welsh: valley. See combe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cwms

  • The break in the ridge may be reached either by following the ridge itself or from the cwms on either side of it.

  • The howling of the winds in the cwms and dingles which run down the p. 13mountain on every side was really appalling.

  • The moaning of the wind in the great mountain gullies and cwms rendered the scene both awful and sublime.

  • These cwms are occasionally visited for the sake of the waterfalls, two or three of which are exceedingly fine.

British Dictionary definitions for cwms



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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for cwms



See cirque.
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