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A comb for the hair.
See also ċomb

English

Etymology

Old English camb, from Proto-Germanic *kamboz, from Proto-Indo-European *gombʰos. Cognate with Dutch kam, German Kamm, Swedish kam; compare Ancient Greek γόμφος (pin).

Pronunciation

Noun and verb
Abbreviation

Noun

Singular
comb

Plural
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  1. A toothed implement for grooming the hair.
  2. A machine used in separating choice cotton fibers from worsted cloth fibers.
  3. A fleshy growth on the top of the head of some birds and reptiles: crest.
  4. An old English measure of corn equal to the half quarter.
    Quotations
    • 1882, But the comb or half quarter is very general in the Eastern counties, particularly in Norfolk. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, page 207.
  5. The top part of a gun’s stock.
  6. the toothed plate at the top and bottom of an escalator that prevents objects getting trapped between the moving stairs and fixed landings.
  7. (music) the main body of a harmonica containing the air chambers and to which the reed plates are attached.

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Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to comb

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to comb (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To groom the hair with a toothed implement.
  2. To separate choice cotton fibers from worsted cloth fibers.
  3. To search thoroughly as if raking over an area with a comb.

Translations

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Abbreviation

comb

  1. combination

Hungarian

Etymology

Of unknown origin.

Noun

comb (plural combok)

  1. thigh

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