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weald the tract of country, formerly wooded, lying between the North and the South Downs. OE. (WS.) weald, (Angl.) wald WOLD.
Hence wealden (pert. to) a formation of cretaceous deposits extensively developed in the weald. XIX; the use of the suffix -EN3 is arbitrary.

Weald, the

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Weald, the a formerly wooded district including parts of Kent, Surrey, and East Sussex.
Wealden denotes a style of timber house built in the Weald in the late medieval and Tudor periods.