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noun Physical Geography.
  1. a ridge or mound of stratified drift left by a retreating ice sheet.
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Origin of kame1

1860–65 for this sense; special use of Scots, N dial. kame comb (Middle English (dial.) camb, kambe, Old English camb, comb); see comb1


noun Scot.
  1. combe.
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Origin of kame2

dialectal variant of comb2
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Examples from the Web for kame

Historical Examples

  • Trixton Brent laughed, and Mrs. Kame, too, after a moment's hesitation.

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    Winston Churchill

  • And the first person she saw descend, after Hugh, was Mrs. Kame.

  • But Mrs. Kame insisted that Honora should cut in, and the others supported her.

  • "He's all right this morning," observed Mrs. Kame, critically.

  • "I'm afraid this first house-party is too much for her," said Mrs. Kame.

British Dictionary definitions for kame


  1. an irregular mound or ridge of gravel, sand, etc, deposited by water derived from melting glaciers
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Word Origin

C19: Scottish and northern English variant of comb
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kame in Science


  1. A small hill or ridge consisting of layers of sand and gravel deposited by a meltwater stream at the margin of a melting glacier.
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