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noun Prosody.
  1. a form of meter in Welsh poetry consisting of rhyming couplets, each line having seven syllables: first used in the 14th century.
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Origin of cywydd

1950–55; < Welsh; Old Welsh couid song, metrical composition; cognate with Old Irish cubaid harmonious, rhyming
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Historical Examples of cywydd

  • Of the englyn, there are five kinds; of the cywydd, four; and of the awdl, fifteen.

    The Welsh and Their Literature

    George Borrow

  • Here the age of the cywydd and the awdl, as the chief forms of verse, ends.

  • Among the most famous of his works is a cywydd “begging for a fishing-net,” and another giving thanks for the same.

  • Each particular species of englyn, cywydd, and awdl has its appropriate name, which it is needless to give here.

  • Al. “Cywydd,” his song; though this word derived from cy and gwydd, may likewise have the same meaning as the former.

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