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Kemb

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To Kemb. v.a. [cœmban, Saxon; kammen, German: now written, perhaps less properly, to comb.] To separate or disentangle by a denticulated instrument.

Yet are the men more loose than they,
More kemb'd and bath'd, and rubb'd and trim'd,
More sleek.
Benj. Johnson.

            Thy head and hair are sleek;
And then thou kemb'st the tuzzes on thy cheek.
Dryden.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Jonson, Ben (70)

Attributes: German (30) · Saxon (215) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Kemb." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 17, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3190.


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