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combe

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Pronunciation: /kuːm
 
/
(also coomb or coombe)

Definition of combe in English:

noun

British
1A short valley or hollow on a hillside or coastline, especially in southern England.
Example sentences
  • 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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