I bethought me, however, to try the creek which drained the coomb, and see whether it might not have made itself a smoother way.
The entrance to a coomb, the widening mouth of a valley, is beyond, with copses on the slopes.
This coomb is seen on the eastern side of the valley of the Ouse, in the suburbs of the town of Lewes.
As the coomb opened, the squire went along a hedge near but not quite to the top.
Down below the sea was dashing into the mouth of the glen, or coomb, as they call it there.
It would be rapture, belike, in a Devon coomb, or on a Hampshire hill-top.
also combe, "deep hollow or valley, especially on flank of a hill," mainly surviving in place names, from Old English cumb, probably a British word, from Celtic base *kumbos (cf. Welsh cwm in same sense). Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names says, "This is usually taken to be a Celtic loan ... but there was also OE cumb 'vessel, cup, bowl,'" which was "probably used in a transferred topographical sense reinforced in western districts by cwm."