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- n. Plural form of cwm.
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The mountains are rounded in outline, very massive, with small excrescent peaks and undeveloped 'cwms' (T. + 18°).
It bulks above long moorland valleys, its northern face hollowed and indented by some of the finest Welsh cwms.
You see some people can retire to "Hermitages" as well as other people; and though even Argyll cum Gladstone powers of self-deception could not persuade me that the view from my window is as good as that from yours, yet I do see a fine wavy chalk down with "cwms" and soft turfy ridges, over which an old fellow can stride as far as his legs are good to carry him.
The cwms are very fine in the lower foot-hills and the glaciers have carved deep channels between walls at very high angles; one or two peaks on the foot-hills stand bare and almost perpendicular, probably granite; we should know later.
Otherwise, although there are many cwms on the lower ranges, the mountains themselves seem little carved.
'cirques' or 'cwms,' of which we have remarkably fine examples, is still a little mysterious -- one notes also the requirement of observation which might throw light on the erosion of previous ages.