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- Rhymes: -uːm
- An old English measure of corn (e.g., wheat), equal to half a quarter or 4 bushels. Also comb.
- 1866: It was equal to half a quarter, i.e. is identical with the coomb of the eastern counties. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 1, p. 168.
- 1790: Two kilderkins, or strikes, make a measure called a barrel, liquid, and a coomb, dry; this last term being ancient and little used. — Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Secretary of State, "Plan for establishing uniformity in the Coinage, Weights, and Measures of the United States," report communicated to the House of Representatives, July 13, 1790.
- Alternative spelling of coombe.
- 1896: From the centre of each side of this tree-bound square ran avenues east, west, and south into the wide expanse of corn-land and coomb to the distance of a mile or so. (Tomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Chapter 4)
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