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dear d.w Cummings, can you tell me the 3 words in the english language that start with dw?
Actually there are four rather common root words that start with <dw>: dwarf, dweeb, dwell, dwindle. But if you add inflected and derived forms and some rare, mostly Scottish, forms, there are far more:

dwaible “feeble”, dwaibly; dwale “belladonna”, dwales; dwall Scottish variant of dwell; dwalm “faint”, dwalmed, dwalming, dwalms; dwam Scottish variant of dwalm, dwamed, dwaming, dwams; dwarfer, dwarfest, dwarfing, dwarfish, dwarfishly, dwarfishness, dwarfishnesses, dwarfism, dwarfisms, dwarfling, dwarflings, dwarfness, dwarfnesses, dwarfs, dwarves; dweeble variant of dwaible; dweebs; dwelled, dweller, dwellers, dwelling, dwellings, dwelt; dwindled, dwindles, dwindling; dwine “pine or waste away”, dwined, dwines, dwining.

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