or comb, coomb, coombe
- a narrow valley or deep hollow, especially one enclosed on all but one side.
Origin of combe
- soot; coal dust; smut.
- dust, especially sawdust or dust from a gristmill.
- grease from bearings, axles, etc.
Origin of coom
Examples from the Web for coomb
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.A Manual of Elementary Geology
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
The entrance to a coomb, the widening mouth of a valley, is beyond, with copses on the slopes.The Open Air
As the coomb opened, the squire went along a hedge near but not quite to the top.Field and Hedgerow
combe, coombe or comb
- mainly Southern English a short valley or deep hollow, esp in chalk areas
- mainly Northern English another name for cirque
- variant spellings of coomb
- dialect, mainly Scot and Northern English waste material, such as dust from coal, grease from axles, etc
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."