wens

wen

1 [wen]
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:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English wenn; cognate with Dutch wen

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wen

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wen1 (wɛn)
 
n
1.  pathol a sebaceous cyst, esp one occurring on the scalp
2.  a large overcrowded city (esp London in the phrase the great wen)
 
[Old English wenn; related to Danish dialect van, væne, Dutch wenn]

wen2 (wɛn)
 
n
a rune having the sound of Modern English w
 
[Old English wen, wyn]

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wen
O.E. wenn "a wen, wart," a W.Gmc. word (cf. M.L.G. wene, Du. wen, dial. Ger. Wenne) of uncertain origin.
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wen (wěn)
n.
See sebaceous cyst.

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