combe

or comb, coomb, coombe

[koom, kohm]

Origin of combe

Old English cumb valley < British Celtic; cf. cwm

coomb

1

or coombe

[koom, kohm]
noun
  1. combe.
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British Dictionary definitions for coombe

combe

comb

noun
  1. variant spellings of coomb

coomb

combe, coombe or comb

noun
  1. mainly Southern English a short valley or deep hollow, esp in chalk areas
  2. 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

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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