Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See cirque.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A valley head created through glacial erosion and with a shape similar to an amphitheatre.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A round valley-head inclosed on all sides but one by steep slopes; a corrie; a cirque. The typical cwms of the Welsh mountains have been shaped by glacial erosion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a steep-walled semicircular basin in a mountain; may contain a lake

Etymologies

Welsh, valley.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Welsh cwm ("valley"). (Wiktionary)

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  • I suppose clicking on the pronunciation link after you have cleaned your ears would be a useful guide.

    January 1, 2013

  • How does one pronounce "cwm?"

    January 1, 2013

  • this one has been a boon in many a scrabble game

    February 11, 2012

  • I love machubchub!

    June 15, 2011

  • This word came up when my English teacher claimed there were no words without vowels--she was surprised to learn about cwm! Our language hoovers up words from so many places you can find almost any odd example you can think of. I'd like us to start using the Amharic verb "machubchub" to describe the sound of swishing a liquid inside your mouth. :^ )

    June 15, 2011

  • My lips are sealed.

    October 8, 2008

  • See cirque and corrie

    January 26, 2008

  • You used this in hangman? Ooooh, that is pure evil. Was the person a professed logophile or know-it-all?

    February 19, 2007

  • esh, have you ever played hangman with a Welshman? :)

    December 18, 2006

  • December 18, 2006