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afanc

n.

cattle-devouring aquatic monster in Celtic countries, from Celtic *abankos "water-creature," from *ab- "water" (cf. Welsh afon, Breton aven "river," Latin amnis "stream, river," which is of Italo-Celtic origin).

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  • Then I wondered p. 283whether the pool before me had been the haunt of the afanc, considered both as crocodile and beaver.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Moreover, have we not the voice of tradition that the afanc was something monstrous?

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Then I wondered whether the pool before me had been the haunt of the afanc, considered both as crocodile and beaver.

    Wild Wales George Borrow

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