2A person or machine that prepares cotton or wool for manufacture by separating and straightening the fibres.
- What I never knew until now is that February 3, the day after Candlemas, is the Feast of St Blaise, the patron saint of wool combers.
- The majority of combers, spinners, cob winders, spoolers, beamers, weavers, menders, and other workers (about three hundred in all) were female.
A small fish that gapes when dead, occurring in shallow waters from the western English Channel to the Mediterranean. Also called gaper.
- Serranus cabrilla, family Serranidae
- On rocky rummages in the shallows you might spy damsel fish, red mullet, painted combers and rainbow wrasse before they dart off.
- It was interesting to observe how his copious nosebleed excited the fish, which came tumbling in to find out what was going on - the grouper, always inquisitive anyway, bream, combers and damselfish.
mid 18th century: of unknown origin.