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or comb, coomb, coombe

[koom, kohm] /kum, koʊm/
noun, British.
a narrow valley or deep hollow, especially one enclosed on all but one side.
Origin of combe
Old English cumb valley < British Celtic; cf. cwm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Wild language occupied the way, until we shook farewell at combe.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • It is a lovely night; how clear one can see the road on the other side of the combe!

    The Marriage of Elinor Margaret Oliphant
  • I shall hear her say it even when I am in my room, with the combe between.

    The Marriage of Elinor Margaret Oliphant
  • A combe, in west of England parlance, is a deep, ravinelike valley.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
  • No—the one easiest had, and as likely as any to serve our turn, is the young lady at combe.

    It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt
  • After his death in 1713 his widow married a Mr. combe, and lived until 1750.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • To call on a lady somewhere near Richmond, or combe, I think it is.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • Mr combe bade fair to be the only man who was to be benefited by the labours of Burke.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton
  • combe, Mr., purchase of the "Light of the World" by, i. 67 (note).

  • combe was a man of wealth, who did not disdain the part of money-lender.

British Dictionary definitions for combe


variant spellings of coomb
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