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- n. Plural form of cantref.
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His clerks accepted the expected word, and vanished with commendable calm to prepare the sealed writs the couriers would bear to the chieftains of two cantrefs before the night was over.
"Especially," said Cadfael, "when you already know he's the best hand with cattle in the four cantrefs."
( 'Pwyll Prince of Dyfed'), in my Middle Welsh class in grad school, and the first line ( "Pwyll Pendeuic Dyuet a oed yn arglwyd ar seith cantref Dyuet" [PPD was the lord of the seven cantrefs of Dyfed]) is embedded almost as deep in my brain as "asid raja Nalo nama" ( 'there was a king named Nala,' the opening of the Nala and Damayanti story from the