from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to Wales or its people, language, or culture.
- n. The people of Wales.
- n. The Celtic language of Wales. Also called Cymric.
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- proper n. A surname for someone who was a Welshman or a Celt.
- proper n. A breed of pig, kept mainly for bacon.
Middle English Walische, from Old English Wælisc, from Wealh, foreigner, Welshman, Celt, perhaps of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wīlisc, wylisc, from Proto-Germanic *walhiskaz (“Celt; later Roman”) (compare Dutch waals ("Walloon"), German (Swiss) welsch ("French; Romansch"), Danish vælsk ("French, Italian, southern European")), from *walhaz (“Celt”) (compare Old English wealh), probably from Gaulish tribal name Volcae (recorded only in Latin contexts), from volcos ("agile") (compare Old Irish folg ("agile, energetic")). This word was borrowed from Germanic into Slavic (compare Old Church Slavonic влахъ (vlachŭ, "Vlachs, Romanians"), Byzantine Greek Βλάχος (Bláchos)). (Wiktionary)