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[keym] /keɪm/
noun, Physical Geography
a ridge or mound of stratified drift left by a retreating ice sheet.
1860-65 for this sense; special use of Scots, N dial. kame comb (Middle English (dial.) camb, kambe, Old English camb, comb); see comb1


[keym] /keɪm/
noun, Scot.
dialectal variant of comb2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kame
  • Outwash deposits also form a highly irregular and unorganized morphology called kame and kettle terrain.
  • The kame terraces were left standing after the disappearance of the ice.
  • Deposited chiefly in river deltas but also may represent kame deltas.
British Dictionary definitions for kame


an irregular mound or ridge of gravel, sand, etc, deposited by water derived from melting glaciers
Word Origin
C19: Scottish and northern English variant of comb
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kame in Science
A small hill or ridge consisting of layers of sand and gravel deposited by a meltwater stream at the margin of a melting glacier.
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Encyclopedia Article for kame

moundlike hill of poorly sorted drift, mostly sand and gravel, deposited at or near the terminus of a glacier. A kame may be produced either as a delta of a meltwater stream or as an accumulation of debris let down onto the ground surface by the melting glacier. A group of closely associated kames is called a kame field, or kame complex, and may be interspersed with kettles or kettle lakes. A kame terrace is produced when a meltwater stream deposits its sediments between the ice mass and the valley wall. In small areas, kames may form the terminal moraine.

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