(Co"mate) a. [L. comatus, fr. comare to clothe with hair, fr. coma hair.] Encompassed with
a coma, or bushy appearance, like hair; hairy.
(Co"-mate`) n. [Pref. co- + mate.] A companion. Shak.
(Co"ma*tose`) a. [From Coma lethargy.] Relating to, or resembling, coma; drowsy; lethargic; as,
comatose sleep; comatose fever.
(Co"ma*tous) a. Comatose.
(||Co*mat"u*la) n. [NL., fr. L. comatulus having hair neatly curled, dim. fr. coma hair.] (Zoöl.)
A crinoid of the genus Antedon and related genera. When young they are fixed by a stem. When adult
they become detached and cling to seaweeds, etc., by their dorsal cirri; called also feather stars.
(Co*mat"u*lid) n. (Zoöl.) Any crinoid of the genus Antedon or allied genera.
(Comb) n. [AS. camb; akin to Sw., Dan., & D. kam, Icel. kambr, G. kamm, Gr. a grinder tooth,
Skr. jambha tooth.]
1. An instrument with teeth, for straightening, cleansing, and adjusting the hair, or for keeping it in place.
2. An instrument for currying hairy animals, or cleansing and smoothing their coats; a currycomb.
3. (Manuf. & Mech.) (a) A toothed instrument used for separating and cleansing wool, flax, hair, etc.
(b) The serrated vibratory doffing knife of a carding machine. (c) A former, commonly cone-shaped,
used in hat manufacturing for hardening the soft fiber into a bat. (d) A tool with teeth, used for chasing
screws on work in a lathe; a chaser. (e) The notched scale of a wire micrometer. (f) The collector of
an electrical machine, usually resembling a comb.
4. (Zoöl.) (a) The naked fleshy crest or caruncle on the upper part of the bill or hood of a cock or other
bird. It is usually red. (b) One of a pair of peculiar organs on the base of the abdomen of scorpions.
5. The curling crest of a wave.
6. The waxen framework forming the walls of the cells in which bees store their honey, eggs, etc.; honeycomb.
"A comb of honey." Wyclif.
When the bee doth leave her comb.
7. The thumbpiece of the hammer of a gunlock, by which it may be cocked.
(Comb), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Combed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Combing.] To disentangle, cleanse, or
adjust, with a comb; to lay smooth and straight with, or as with, a comb; as, to comb hair or wool. See
Comb down his hair; look, look! it stands upright.
(Comb), v. i. [See Comb, n., 5.] (Naut.) To roll over, as the top or crest of a wave; to break
with a white foam, as waves.
(Comb, Combe) n. [AS. comb, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwm a dale, valley.] That unwatered
portion of a valley which forms its continuation beyond and above the most elevated spring that issues
into it. [Written also coombe.] Buckland.
A gradual rise the shelving combe
(Comb), n. A dry measure. See Coomb.