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penillion Line breaks: pen|il¦lion
Pronunciation: /pɛˈnɪ(θ)lɪɒn/
(also pennillion)

Definition of penillion in English:

plural noun

Improvised verses in Welsh sung to the accompaniment of a harp, especially in contest at an eisteddfod: [as modifier]: penillion singing
More example sentences
  • Penillion is soaked in the Welsh tradition of improvised vocal descants to the harper's melody.
  • Penillion singing therefore allows both the vocalist and the musician to ply their skills within their own frameworks.
  • Pennillion singing is generally a subject in musical competitions.


Welsh, literally 'stanzas', from pen 'head'.

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