puy (plural puys)
- Any of several cone-shaped hills in the Auvergne, France that are the remains of extinct volcanos
- (geology) Any similar conical structure of volcanic material
From Middle French puy, from Old French puy (“hill, height”), pui, from Latin podium. Its current use as a regionalism referring to certain geographic features may be taken at least in part from Franco-Provençal; cf. also Occitan puèg. In Old French, it had a somewhat different or more varied set of meanings (cf. also the feminine puie, puye, poye (“balustrade”), whence English pew through Anglo-Norman), later coming to be applied to mountains and hills especially in the Auvergne region and Massif Central, the remains of extinct volcanoes. Doublet of the later borrowing podium.
puy m (plural puys)