or comb, coomb, coombe

[koom, kohm]

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



or coombe

[koom, kohm]

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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variant spellings of coomb


combe, coombe or comb


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
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Word Origin and History for coombe



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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