or comb, coomb, coombe
- a narrow valley or deep hollow, especially one enclosed on all but one side.
Origin of combe
Examples from the Web for coombe
Historical Examples of coombe
At the upper end of the coombe the spring issued, and at the lower was the millpond.Round About a Great Estate
She saw Mr. Wellwood, and heard a good account of Coombe Prior.The Heir of Redclyffe
Charlotte M. Yonge
We came to Coombe Bysset directly after the ceremony, and we are here still.
I could not help reminding him that he had been ever, ever so anxious to come to Coombe.
It is evident that this great art is not studied at Coombe Bysset.'
- 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
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."