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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 751 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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COMBE, or COOMB, a term particularly in use in south-western England for a short closed-in valley, either on the side of a down or running up from the sea. It appears in place-names as a termination, e.g. Wiveliscombe, Ilfracombe, and as a prefix, e.g. Combemartin. The etymology of the word is obscure, but " hollow " seems a common meaning to similar forms in many languages. In English "combe " or " cumb " is an obsolete word for a " hollow vessel," and the like meaning attached to Teutonic forms kumm and kumme. The Welsh cwm, in place-names, means hollow or valley, with which may be compared cum in many Scots place-names. The Greek K()µ(317 also means a hollow vessel, and there is a French dialect word combe meaning a little valley.
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WILLIAM COMBE (1741–1823)

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