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wen1

[wen] /wɛn/
noun
1.
Pathology. a benign encysted tumor of the skin, especially on the scalp, containing sebaceous matter; a sebaceous cyst.
2.
British. a large, crowded city or a crowded urban district:
London is the great wen of England.
Origin of wen1
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English wenn; cognate with Dutch wen
Can be confused
wen, when.

wen2

[wen] /wɛn/
noun
1.
wynn.
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  • Twenty years before his death, a wen grew between his eye-brows, which in time increased to a considerable bigness.

  • wen it iss a matteh of learrn in orrter to surfife, one learrnss.

    The Highest Treason Randall Garrett
  • I guess the edittur was mad, wen he paid 50 sents charges, and found out it warnt no berthday present.

    The Bad Boy At Home Walter T. Gray
  • And Xavier, who had a wen under his eye, laid his finger on it.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • wen I nocked at Marias dore, I stepped down off the steps and wated for her appairanse.

    The Bad Boy At Home Walter T. Gray
British Dictionary definitions for wen

wen1

/wɛn/
noun
1.
(pathol) a sebaceous cyst, esp one occurring on the scalp
2.
a large overcrowded city (esp London in the phrase the great wen)
Word Origin
Old English wenn; related to Danish dialect van, væne, Dutch wenn

wen2

/wɛn/
noun
1.
a rune having the sound of Modern English w
Word Origin
Old English wen, wyn
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Word Origin and History for wen
n.

Old English wenn "a wen, wart," a West Germanic word (cf. Middle Low German wene, Dutch wen, dialectal German Wenne) of uncertain origin.

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wen in Medicine

wen (wěn)
n.
See sebaceous cyst.

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