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GenderFeminine
UsageWelsh
PronouncedPron.ke-RID-wen
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Meaning & History

Possibly from Welsh cyrrid "bent" or cerdd "poetry" combined with ven "woman" or gwen "white, fair, blessed". According to medieval Welsh legend this was the name of a sorceress or goddess who created a potion that would grant wisdom to her son Morfan. The potion was instead consumed by her servant Gwion Bach, who was subsequently reborn as the renowned bard Taliesin.
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colors, feminine, goddesses, legend, medieval, uncertain etymology, white, witches
Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute