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Comb (noun)

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Comb. n.s. [camb, Saxon; kam, Dutch.]

  1. An instrument to separate and adjust the hair.

    By fair Ligea's golden comb,
    Wherewith she sits on diamond rocks,
    Sleeking her soft alluring locks.
    Milton.

    I made an instrument in fashion of a comb, whose teeth, being in number sixteen, were about an inch and a half broad, and the intervals of the teeth about two inches wide. Newton.

  2. The top or crest of a cock, so called from its pectinated indentures.

    Cocks have great combs and spurs, hens little or none. Bacon.

    High was his comb, and coral-red withal,
    With dents embattl'd, like a castle-wall.
    Dryden.

  3. The cantons in which the bees lodge their honey. Perhaps from the same word which makes the termination of towns, and signifies hollow or deep.

                        This in affairs of state,
    Employ'd at home, abides within the gate,
    To fortify the combs, to build the wall,
    To prop the ruins, lest the fabrick fall.
    Dryd. Virg. Georg.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Newton, Isaac (40)

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