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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Latin lignum.


llwyn m (diminutive llwynyn, plural llwynau or llwyni or llwynydd)

  1. bush, shrub, brake, thicket
    1. copse, grove, arbor
    2. woods, forest
    3. (especially in love poetry) the traditional rendezvous of lovers, symbol of love or romance
  2. any bushy growth
  3. (figuratively) family, issue, offspring, descendants; a number of persons, company
  4. sacred pole, 'grove'

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Old French loigne or Middle English loyne.


llwyn m or f (plural llwynau or llwyni)

    1. (anatomy) loins (of human being or animal)
    2. loin (part of animal considered as table joint)
    1. the loins as the part of the body about which the clothes were bound, a sword fastened, etc.
    2. the loins as the seat of physical strength and of generative power
Alternative forms[edit]


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
llwyn lwyn unchanged unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950-), “llwyn”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies