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Combe

Comb \Comb\, Combe \Combe\ (? or ?), n. [AS. comb, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwm a dale, valley.] That unwatered portion of a valley which forms its continuation beyond and above the most elevated spring that issues into it. [Written also coombe.]
--Buckland.

A gradual rise the shelving combe Displayed.
--Southey.

Combe

Combe \Combe\ (? or ?), n. See Comb.

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combe

n. 1 A valley or hollow, often wooded and with no river. 2 A cirque.

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Combe

A combe (; also spelled coombe or coomb and, in place names, comb) can either refer to a steep, narrow valley, or to a small valley or large hollow on the side of a hill; in any case, it is often understood simply to mean a small valley through which a watercoursedoes not run. The word "combe" is derived from Old English cumb, of the same meaning, and is unrelated to the English " comb". It derives ultimately from the same Brythonic source as the Welsh cwm, also of the same meaning. Today, the word is used mostly in reference to the combes of southern and southwestern England, of Wales, and of County Kerry in Ireland.

Combe (disambiguation)

Combe may refer to: Valley in old West Country English/Celtic, similar to Welsh equivalent 'cwm'.

Combe (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Combe was a daughter of the river god Asopus. She was equated with Chalcis, another of Asopus' many daughters, and associated with the island Euboea: the city Chalcis was reported to have been named after "Combe, who was also called Chalcis". Combe was said to have been dubbed Chalcis because she made bronze weapons (χαλκόν chalcon being the Greek word for "bronze"); the mythological tradition also makes her the first woman to cohabit with a man, and mother of one hundred children.

In Nonnus' Dionysiaca, Combe is the consort of the Euboean Socus and mother by him of the seven Corybantes. She and her sons get expelled from the island by Socus and move first to Cnossus and then to Athens. The Corybantes return to Euboea after King Cecrops, their host in Athens, kills Socus, but Combe's individual further destiny is not dealt with. Hesychius of Alexandria indicates Combe as "mother of the Curetes", these being barely distinct from the Corybantes.

Ovid briefly mentions a certain Combe of Pleuron, surnamed Ophias ("daughter or descendant of an Ophius"?), who "on fluttering wings escaped the wounds that were being inflicted by [or on?] her sons", that is, was apparently changed into a bird to escape a danger. Since the myth is otherwise unknown, it remains uncertain whether this Combe is the same character or a different one.

Combe (surname)

Combe is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Andrew Combe, Scottish physiologist
  • David Combe, Australian political figure and wine industry executive
  • George Combe, Scottish writer on phrenology and education
  • John Frederick Boyce Combe, British Army officer before and during World War II
  • Harvey Christian Combe, Brewer and Lord Mayor of London

Usage examples of "combe".

Combe, who was seated near me, shook his head in token of disapprobation, but Henriette did not try to elude the question.

Sometimes the beauty of the haire resembleth the colour of gold and honey, sometimes the blew plumes and azured feathers about the neckes of Doves, especially when it is either anointed with the gumme of Arabia, or trimmely tuft out with the teeth of a fine combe, which if it be tyed up in the pole of the necke, it seemeth to the lover that beholdeth the same, as a glasse that yeeldeth forth a more pleasant and gracious comelinesse than if it should be sparsed abroad on the shoulders of the woman, or hang down scattering behind.

She was sitting in the little farm-house beside the mill, buried in the green depths of the valley of Combe, half-way between Stow and Chapel, sulking as much as her sweet nature would let her, at being thus shut out from all the grand doings at Bideford, and forced to keep a Martinmas Lent in that far western glen.

I loved of old to see square-headed, heavy-jawed Spurzheim make a brain flower out into a corolla of marrowy filaments, as Vieussens had done before him, and to hear the dry-fibred but human-hearted George Combe teach good sense under the disguise of his equivocal system.

Sometimes the beauty of the haire resembleth the colour of gold and honey, sometimes the blew plumes and azured feathers about the neckes of Doves, especially when it is either anointed with the gumme of Arabia, or trimmely tuft out with the teeth of a fine combe, which if it be tyed up in the pole of the necke, it seemeth to the lover that beholdeth the same, as a glasse that yeeldeth forth a more pleasant and gracious comelinesse than if it should be sparsed abroad on the shoulders of the woman, or hang down scattering behind.

The combe ends in a sandy cove with black rock on one side, pinkish cliffs away to the headland on the other, and a coastguard station.

Besides Bree itself, there was Staddle on the other side of the hill, Combe in a deep valley a little further eastward, and Archet on the edge of the Chetwood.

Most of the inhabitants of Bree and Staddle, and many even from Combe and Archet, were crowded in the road to see the travellers start.

After his sleepless night and the early morning vodka, he was feeling a bit lightheaded, so when he saw the ponies down the combe, gawping at him with their fool faces, he yelled at them in bad Somerset - 'Git 'arn there!

None of the canyons and badlands and gully-sided volcanoes that made much of Descott County a bushwacker's paradise, but the bigger patches of beechwood and the occasional steep-sided combe in thick native brush would do as well.

If I doe such things as I canot give reasons for, it is like you have sett a foole aboute your bussines, and so turne ye reproofe to your selves, & send an other, and let me come againe to my Combes.

President Combes appointed him FDA Commissioner as the first act of his first term.

Washington rumor was that Combes had personally begged Van Grant to take over the FDA.

It can't be that President Combes is tolerating all this just to — does Combes know?

Besides the extraneous substances, like peeces of small boxes, or combes handsomely wrought, handles of small brasse instruments, brazen nippers, and in one some kinde of Opale.