\ ˈküm How to pronounce combe (audio) , ˈkōm How to pronounce combe (audio) \
variants: or less commonly or coomb \ ˈküm How to pronounce coomb (audio) \

Definition of combe

1 British : a deep narrow valley
2 British : a valley or basin on the flank of a hill

First Known Use of combe

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for combe

Middle English coumbe, cumbe, from Old English cumb, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh cwm valley

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