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Glacial morphology term. A basin formed at the head of a valley glacier, with steep sided sides (e.g. scarp). Coalescing cirques at the heads of valley glaciers form "horns" and "arretes", creating spectacular rugged landscapes characteristic of the high Alps. Cwm is the Welsh term for the more commonly used cirque (French). Other similar terms: corrie (Scottish), nisch (Swedish, kar (German), and botn (Norwegian.

Isn't this the only English word without vowels? Shouldn't we note that on the page? -- 18:30, 29 January 2006 (UTC)

It isn't the only English word without vowels, for two main reasons:

1. Other words have no vowels, q.v. rhythm, spy, etc. 2. It isn't English. It's Welsh. 10:22, 13 April 2006 (UTC) Example 3: Crwth. 03:10, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

2. It seems to be used in English: see Western Cwm or the English plural cwms. --Moyogo 11:55, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
  • I think that, for the purpose of this category, y might be considered as a vowel, because its use as a vowel is very common (unlike w)
  • the category is about the English word, not the Welsh word
  • the category should be defined more precisely: what about initialisms? If they are included, the category would be useless. Lmaltier 08:32, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

Pratchett's "Koom Valley"[edit]

Any value in mentioning or quoting Terry Pratchett's punning use of this term in his fictional "Koom Valley" placename? -- Eiríkr ÚtlendiTala við mig 22:48, 17 April 2012 (UTC)