or coomb

[ koom ]
/ kum /

noun Chiefly Scot. and North England.

soot; coal dust; smut.
dust, especially sawdust or dust from a gristmill.
grease from bearings, axles, etc.

Origin of coom

First recorded in 1580–90; variant of culm1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coom



/ (kuːm) /


dialect, mainly Scot and Northern English waste material, such as dust from coal, grease from axles, etc

Word Origin for coom

C16 (meaning: soot): probably a variant of culm 1
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