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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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British Dictionary definitions for kames


an irregular mound or ridge of gravel, sand, etc, deposited by water derived from melting glaciers
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C19: Scottish and northern English variant of comb
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kames 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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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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