(also coomb or coombe)
1A short valley or hollow on a hillside or coastline.
More 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.
Old English cumb, occurring in charters in the names of places in southern England, many of which survive; of Celtic origin, related to cwm. The current general use dates from the late 16th century.
Definition of combe in:
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