[koom, kohm]
Combe, William, 1741-1823, English satirist and miscellaneous writer, b. Bristol. His writing was mainly hack work, issued anonymously to avoid seizure of the proceeds by his many creditors. He is chiefly remembered for the "Dr. Syntax" series (3 vol., 1812-21), for which he wrote doggerel verse to accompany the illustrations of Thomas Rowlandson.
A combe is the uppermost part of a valley, or a short valley or hollow on a hill or coastline. The term may form part of a place name, such as Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, etc. The common English place name "Compton" has the same derivation.

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Places with combe as one word in part of their name


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