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coom

or coomb

[koom] /kum/
noun, Chiefly Scot. and North England.
1.
soot; coal dust; smut.
2.
dust, especially sawdust or dust from a gristmill.
3.
grease from bearings, axles, etc.
Origin of coom
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; variant of culm1
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Examples from the Web for coom
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  • "coom down," he clenched the bargain; and set about shipping the sweeps.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Your time'll coom soon enough by the look on yo' wi' niver no hurry.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Postman's coom over fra' Drigg wi' a letter—will it be for wan of ye?'

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • coom down and fill your pockets,And I'll giss you like efery dings.

  • Yo' didna know her when she coom here, an' no one else guessed at th' truth.

    "Seth" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Mester Grace too,—he coom to see me an' I axt him questions.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I coom here to-neet a purpose, an' this is what I've getten to say.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • When her coom to me, a'gapin' and a yawnin', I up wi' bill-hook, and I gie'd 'un zummat.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • Us coom athert ne'er chick nor cheeld from Perlycrass to Blackmarsh.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • "Vell, you say coom dree o'clock," said a harsh voice behind them.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
British Dictionary definitions for coom

coom

/kuːm/
noun
1.
(dialect, mainly Scot & Northern English) waste material, such as dust from coal, grease from axles, etc
Word Origin
C16 (meaning: soot): probably a variant of culm1
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