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From Middle English comb, from Old English camb (comb), from Proto-Germanic *kambaz (comb) (compare Saterland Frisian Koum, Swedish/Dutch kam, Norwegian kam, German Kamm), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵómbʰos (tooth), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵómbʰ- (to pierce, gnaw through) (compare Tocharian B keme, Lithuanian žam̃bas (sharp edge), Old Church Slavonic зѫбъ (zǫbŭ), Albanian dhëmb, Ancient Greek γομφίος (gomphíos, backtooth, molar), Sanskrit जम्भ (jambha)).


Of unknown origin.

Middle English

From Old English camb, comb, from Proto-Germanic *kambaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵómbʰos (tooth, row of teeth)