Welsh
Welsh Welsh, n. [1913 Webster] 1. The language of Wales, or of the Welsh people. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. The natives or inhabitants of Wales. [1913 Webster]

Note: The Welsh call themselves Cymry, in the plural, and a Welshman Cymro, and their country Cymru, of which the adjective is Cymreig, and the name of their language Cymraeg. They are a branch of the Celtic family, and a relic of the earliest known population of England, driven into the mountains of Wales by the Anglo-Saxon invaders. [1913 Webster]


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