The older form in Wealhas (plural
of Wealth), an Anglo-Saxon word denoting
foreigners, and applied by them to the ancient Britons; hence,
also, Corn-wall, the horn occupied by the same
“refugees.” Wälschland is a
German name for Italy; Valais are the non-German
districts of Switzerland; the parts about Liège constitute
the Walloon country. The Welsh proper are Cimbri,
and those driven thither by the Teutonic invaders were refugees or
strangers. (See Walnut.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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