- Pathology. a benign encysted tumor of the skin, especially on the scalp, containing sebaceous matter; a sebaceous cyst.
- British. a large, crowded city or a crowded urban district: London is the great wen of England.
Origin of wen1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English wenn; cognate with Dutch wen
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Examples from the Web for wens
Wens hain't nothin' that detract from a person's moral worth.Sweet Cicely
Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
Sebaceous cysts or wens are described with diseases of the skin.Manual of Surgery
Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
In wens, cancers, and inflammations, new vessels are formed.Zoonomia, Vol. I
These wens are considered hereditary in some families, and seem thus independent of situation.Across the Equator
Thomas H. Reid
Again, we have seen that the police used to record the position of wens, tumours, tattoo marks and the like.Dactylography
- pathol a sebaceous cyst, esp one occurring on the scalp
- a large overcrowded city (esp London in the phrase the great wen)
Old English wenn; related to Danish dialect van, væne, Dutch wenn
- a rune having the sound of Modern English w
Old English wen, wyn
Word Origin and History for wens
Old English wenn "a wen, wart," a West Germanic word (cf. Middle Low German wene, Dutch wen, dialectal German Wenne) of uncertain origin.
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