One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A powan (fish) of a variety occurring only in Bala Lake in North Wales.
- ‘The lake is inhabited by the gwyniad, a white fish of the salmon family unique to Llyn Tegid.’
- ‘The gwyniad, which dates back to the Ice Age and is described as similar to a herring, lives in Llyn Tegid near Bala.’
- ‘Raw trout or gwyniad are layered in a container of salt and sugar.’
- ‘Basically, the gwyniad was left behind when the Ice Age ended and has been lake-locked at Bala ever since.’
- ‘This small, aggressive fish congregates around the gwyniad spawning areas and eats the eggs and young fish.’
Early 17th century: Welsh, from gwyn ‘white’.
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