Definition for coomb (2 of 4)
Definition for coomb (3 of 4)
or comb, coomb, coombe
Origin of combe
Definition for coomb (4 of 4)
noun Chiefly Scot. and North England.
Origin of coom
Examples from the Web for coomb
This coomb is seen on the eastern side of the valley of the Ouse, in the suburbs of the town of Lewes.A Manual of Elementary Geology|Charles Lyell.
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
The entrance to a coomb, the widening mouth of a valley, is beyond, with copses on the slopes.The Open Air|Richard Jefferies
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
As the coomb opened, the squire went along a hedge near but not quite to the top.Field and Hedgerow|Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for coomb (1 of 3)
combe, coombe or comb
Word Origin for coomb
British Dictionary definitions for coomb (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for coomb (3 of 3)
Word Origin for coom
Word Origin and History for coomb
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."