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coomb1

or coombe

[koom, kohm] /kum, koʊm/
noun
1.

coomb2

[koom] /kum/
noun
1.
coom.

combe

or comb, coomb, coombe

[koom, kohm] /kum, koʊm/
noun, British.
1.
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

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
First recorded in 1580-90; variant of culm1
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Examples from the Web for coomb
Historical Examples
  • It would be rapture, belike, in a Devon coomb, or on a Hampshire hill-top.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon

    A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
  • This coomb is seen on the eastern side of the valley of the Ouse, in the suburbs of the town of Lewes.

  • I bethought me, however, to try the creek which drained the coomb, and see whether it might not have made itself a smoother way.

    Erewhon Samuel Butler
  • The entrance to a coomb, the widening mouth of a valley, is beyond, with copses on the slopes.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • As the coomb opened, the squire went along a hedge near but not quite to the top.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • Down below the sea was dashing into the mouth of the glen, or coomb, as they call it there.

British Dictionary definitions for coomb

coomb

/kuːm/
noun
1.
(mainly Southern English) a short valley or deep hollow, esp in chalk areas
2.
(mainly Northern English) another name for cirque
Word Origin
Old English cumb (in place names), probably of Celtic origin; compare Old French combe small valley and Welsh cwm valley

combe

/kuːm/
noun
1.
variant spellings of coomb

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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Word Origin and History for coomb
n.

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."

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