back comb

noun

Definition of back comb 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an ornamental comb with a wide top and a few long teeth worn high at the back of the head

back-comb

transitive verb

Definition of back-comb (Entry 2 of 2)

: ruff entry 3 sense 3 broadly : to comb (hair) in a direction opposite to the one in which it lies naturally

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First Known Use of back comb

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined above

Transitive verb

1955, in the meaning defined above

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