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dumble (plural dumbles)

  1. (Nottinghamshire) A dale with a stream.
    • 1859 John Blenkarn, British timber trees: a practical treatise on the raising, management, and value of British timber, G. Routledge, page 110:
      When a stream runs in a deep dell, particularly in clay districts, the steep banks and stream form what are called a “dumble” in Nottinghamshire.
    • 1999 Paul A. Biggs & Sandra Biggs, Best Tea Shop Walks in Nottinghamshire, Sigma Leisure, page 106:
      Lambley is famous for its ‘dumbles.’ A dumble being a local name for a shallow dale with a stream. D.H. Lawrence is reputed to have enjoyed walking the Lambley Dumbles.
  2. (East Yorkshire) The club rush.
    • 1974, The Local Historian - Volume 11, page 64:
      Recently Dr. K. J. Allison has come across a Leconfield lease of 1631 which included 'all the earl 's dumbles growing in Arram Carr' ?
    • 1982, Lore and Language - Volume 3, Parts 6-10, page 54:
      In such circumstances it may well be that a natural pool would be enlarged or deepened or an artificial pond created to maintain a suitable habitat for the rush. Later archival references to the rush “dumbles" are for the River Hull valley.
    • 1988, Charles Oodrington Pressick Hobkirk, ‎George Taylor Porritt, ‎William Denison Roebuck, The Naturalist - Issues 984-999, page 58:
      The item from Elizabeth Hotham's account book does not state where the dumbles grew, but in a later account book of Sir Charles Hotham Arram Carr is specified.