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Corris

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Corris is a village and community in the south of Snowdonia in the Welsh county of Gwynedd. It lies in the historic county of Merionethshire/Sir Feirionnydd. Although the Snowdonia National Park covers much of the area around Corris, the village is not within the park.The name was first recorded in the thirteenth century and is derived from the Welsh corres ('a female dwarf'). In this context it probably means 'little one', referring to the river (formerly called 'Afon Corris' but now 'Afon Deri') that flows into the larger Afon Dulas at Aber Corris. Thus although the area is noted for its slate mines, the name Corris has no connection with the English word quarries. Other fanciful explanations include the following by Thomas Morgan ('Afanwyson', 1850–1939): 'We find the forms Corys and Corus in the Cambrian Register for 1795. Some think the place takes its name from a saint called Corus. It is also said that Cunedda Wedig had a son called Coras. Others think that the river which gives the place its name, was called Corus from its making round excavations in the angles of its banks.' The name Corris is also shared with a small river in Denbighshire, a tributary of the Clywedog that in turn flows into the River Clwyd.
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