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EtymologyEdit

From Old English cemban, from Proto-Germanic *kambijaną.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɛmbən/, /ˈkeːmbən/, /ˈkɛmən/

NounEdit

kemben

  1. To comb or brush one's hair; to use a comb.
  2. (rare) To prettify or nicen.
  3. (rare) To untangle fibres; to card.

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DescendantsEdit

  • English: kemb (obsolete except for kempt, unkempt), comb (remodelled on the noun)
  • Scots: kem, keme

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