[Spellyans] nut

j.mills at email.com j.mills at email.com
Thu Nov 26 15:58:10 GMT 2009

Lhuyd (1707: 101c) gives "kynyfan" (i.e. KG's "knowen") as the Cornish for "a nut". Lhuyd (1707: 51c) gives "Guedhan knyfan" for "An hasle-tree".


Dr. Jon Mills, 
School of European Culture and Languages, 
University of Kent

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From: Craig Weatherhill <weatherhill at freenet.co.uk>
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Subject: Re: [Spellyans] nut

I thought that 'knowen' was an invention by KG that has no precedent. However, it appears that *cnowen, 'nut-tree' occurs in Lhuyd, 51c. Note, however, that this is 'nut-tree', not 'nut'. In which case *knowen, to translate as 'nut', would seem to be a KG invention and inadmissable as truly Cornish. 

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