[kur-ee-kohm, kuhr-]


a comb, usually with rows of metal teeth, for currying horses.

verb (used with object)

to rub or clean with such a comb.

Origin of currycomb

First recorded in 1565–75; curry2 + comb1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for currycomb

Historical Examples of currycomb

  • There was never a rock the size of a currycomb between them and the line of the sky.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • He had notions concerning the manner in which a currycomb should be used.

    Children's Literature

    Charles Madison Curry

  • I suppose they live in the kitchen home and pa'd lose a currycomb in his beard.

    The Happy End

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • That tongue of hers is a currycomb, plus warmth and moisture and flexibility.

    Ways of Nature

    John Burroughs

  • I reckon if old Sam and Lightfoot felt a currycomb once more they'd have a fit.

    Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

British Dictionary definitions for currycomb



a square comb consisting of rows of small teeth, used for grooming horses
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