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A bowl-shaped hollow partly enclosed by steep walls lying at the head of a valley or on a mountain slope. Welsh “cwm”=deep valley < Proto-Indo-European “*kumb-“=valley.

Small and elegant, luxurious – most frequently used to describe houses. French “bijou”=jewel, trinket, gem < Breton “bizou”=a ring with a stone < “biz”=finger. (c.f. Welsh “bys”=finger).

A goblin, phantom, or supernatural creature that causes fright. Middle English “bogil,” possibly from Welsh “bwg”=ghost, hobgoblin < “bwgwl”=terror.

Something that causes fear or anxiety; an evil spirit. Uncertain origin ?Welsh “bwgan bo”=the devil.

Meeting of council of Welsh or Celtic bards or druids. Welsh “gorsedd”=mound, throne, or assembly.

An aquatic monster in Welsh mythology. Welsh “afanc”=water monster or beaver < Celtic “*abankos” < “ab”=water, river.

An insect in general. Uncertain origin but perhaps from Middle English “bug”=object of fear < ?Welsh “bwg”=ghost.

Large black and white Antarctic sea bird. Welsh “pen gwyn” < “pen”=head, headland + “gwyn”=white.

Short-legged Welsh breed dog, beloved by Queen Elizabeth II. Welsh “cor”=dwarf + “gi” < “ci”=dog.

A small, short-legged dog of Welsh origin, with a head resembling that of a fox. Welsh “cor”=dwarf + “gi” < “ci”=dog.

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