; also spelled coombe
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 watercourse does not
A well-known poem, "The Combe," describes it aptly.
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
The following is a list places in the British Isles named for having combes:
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