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Of or relating to the Brythons or their language or culture.
Variant of Brittonic.
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(Languages) the S group of Celtic languages, consisting of Welsh, Cornish, and Breton
(Languages) of, relating to, or characteristic of this group of languages
Popular name: Brittonic
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(brɪˈθɒn ɪk)

also Brittonic

1. the subgroup of modern Celtic languages represented by Welsh, Cornish, and Breton.
2. the Celtic language ancestral to these languages; British Celtic.
3. of or pertaining to Brythonic.
[1884; < Welsh Brython Briton]
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Noun1.Brythonic - a southern group of Celtic languages
Celtic, Celtic language - a branch of the Indo-European languages that (judging from inscriptions and place names) was spread widely over Europe in the pre-Christian era
Cymric, Welsh - a Celtic language of Wales
Cornish - a Celtic language spoken in Cornwall
Breton - a Celtic language of Brittany
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He is a shapeshifter, a seer, a chronicler of battles fought, by sword and with magic, between the ancient kingdoms of the British Isles; a bridge between old Welsh mythologies and the new Christian theology; a sixth-century Brythonic bard; and a legendary cumulative project spanning the centuries up to the Book of Taliesin's compilation in 13th-century Wales.
Thought to derive from the Brythonic word "tausa", meaning "silent", Loch Tay extends for 23km (14.5 miles) between Killin and Kenmore.
He possessed the Goidelic and Brythonic tongues therefore in many ways he was the main player in the advance of Christianity across the north of Scotland.
Now, four years on, she's continuing that theme on her follow-up LP, Le Kov, a record sung entirely in the Brythonic language.
Le Kov translates as "Place of Memory", and explores the legends and history of Cornwall, and the survival of this lesserknown Gwenno Saunders Brythonic language.
"In the earlier period, between the fifth and seventh centuries, you had Brythonic [the term for indigenous Britons] kingdoms not only in Wales - for example Gwynedd, Dyfed, Powys, Gwent - but in England and southern Scotland, including Gododdin, Rheged and Elfed," said Dr Rhun Emlyn, a medieval historian at Aberystwyth University.
(5) This etymology--like the mythology of which it is a part--is false: the name Britain derives not from the legendary Brutus, but from Brythonic, one of the two primary native languages of the Celts living on the Isles and the basis for modern Welsh and Cornish
Best Overall Team went to Criw Create of Coleg Menai, Llangefni, and Best Overall Company was awarded to Brythonic, Prestatyn High School.
given his supplied For example, she mentioned that the English were slaughtered and enslaved by the Romans when in fact the victims were Britons who were Celts and spoke the Brythonic language since the English didn't exist and wouldn't evolve for centuries to come having by then arrived from Germany.
We were known in the Brythonic language as Tigguo Cabauc, meaning place of caves.
Although certainly closely related to the Irish Gaelic of Ulster and Munster, and to Scottish west-coast Gaelic, and much less closely to the Brythonic languages of Cornwall, Wales, and Brittany (5), certain words and pronunciations were purely Manx.
[sic] by loading it up with non-essentials, inconsequent details, trivialities, sheer perversities by which I mean, for one thing, the constant playing with Celtic and Brythonic words, which you frequently drag in by the heels for your own pleasure and not for that of the reader, who cannot be expected to share your philological interests" (177).