coomb

1

or coombe

[ koom, kohm ]
/ kum, koʊm /
|

noun

Definition for coomb (2 of 4)

coomb

2
[ koom ]
/ kum /

noun

Definition for coomb (3 of 4)

combe

or comb, coomb, coombe

[ koom, kohm ]
/ kum, koʊm /

noun British.

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

Definition for coomb (4 of 4)

coom

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
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British Dictionary definitions for coomb (1 of 3)

coomb

combe, coombe or comb

/ (kuːm) /

noun

mainly Southern English a short valley or deep hollow, esp in chalk areas
mainly Northern English another name for cirque

Word Origin for coomb

Old English cumb (in place names), probably of Celtic origin; compare Old French combe small valley and Welsh cwm valley

British Dictionary definitions for coomb (2 of 3)

combe

comb

/ (kuːm) /

noun

variant spellings of coomb

British Dictionary definitions for coomb (3 of 3)

coom

coomb

/ (kuːm) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for coomb

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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