weald

noun \ ˈwēld \

Definition of weald

1 : a heavily wooded area : forest
  • the Weald of Kent
2 : a wild or uncultivated usually upland region

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If weald were a tree, it would have many annual rings. It has been in use as a general word for "forest" since the days of Old English, and it has also long been used, in its capitalized form, as a geographic name for a once-heavily forested region of southeast England. Weald is also often capitalized today when used to refer to wooded areas like the Weald of Kent and the Weald of Sussex in England. In time, the word branched out to designate any wild and uncultivated upland regions. A related word is wold, meaning "an upland plain or stretch of rolling land."

Origin and Etymology of weald

the Weald, England, from Middle English weeld, from Old English weald forest — more at wold


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