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[kur-ee-kohm, kuhr-] /ˈkɜr iˌkoʊm, ˈkʌr-/
a comb, usually with rows of metal teeth, for currying horses.
verb (used with object)
to rub or clean with such a comb.
Origin of currycomb
First recorded in 1565-75; curry2 + comb1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • There was never a rock the size of a currycomb between them and the line of the sky.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • He had notions concerning the manner in which a currycomb should be used.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • I suppose they live in the kitchen home and pa'd lose a currycomb in his beard.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • That tongue of hers is a currycomb, plus warmth and moisture and flexibility.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • I reckon if old Sam and Lightfoot felt a currycomb once more they'd have a fit.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • Their voices rose to Frederick's ears, mingled with the intermittent sounds made by a currycomb knocking against a stone.

  • currycomb for Scaling Fish—A currycomb is better than a knife for scaling fish, as it protects the hands.

  • Im going to trade him off for a horned toad, and then use the toad for a currycomb.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • Roswell threw down the currycomb with an impatient exclamation, and returned to the house.

  • Quesada's dorados had gone behind the wagons to currycomb and further polish their new horses.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
British Dictionary definitions for currycomb


a square comb consisting of rows of small teeth, used for grooming horses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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