Definition of combe in English:

combe

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Pronunciation: /kuːm
 
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(also coomb or coombe)

noun

British
  • 1A short valley or hollow on a hillside or coastline, especially in southern England.
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    • The return route used a short section of the Ridgeway and then the footpath down a sheltered coombe and a short roam on newly mapped access land.
    • It has 300 miles of exquisite coastline, the bleak beauty of Dartmoor, a chunk of unspoilt Exmoor, as well as its characteristic combes, vast hanging copses of oak and beech, and rugged, still-healthy rivers.
    • There are several loops which take you down into the steep, thickly wooded ‘combes’ beneath the hills.
  • 1.1 Geology A dry valley in a limestone or chalk escarpment.

Origin

Old English cumb, occurring in charters in the names of places in southern England, many of which survive; of Celtic origin, related to cwm.

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