English translation (word)
English translation (etymon)
κομεῖν. ἐπιμελεῖσθαι, θεραπεύειν. ὅθεν καὶ κόμη καὶ ἱπποκόμος
komein “to take care of”: to take care of, to care for. Whence also komē “hair” and hippokomos “squire”.
The etymology relies on the phonetic similarity between the verb and the noun, and on the idea that κόμη is the "well-tended hair", as opposed to τρίχες. It is admitted by some modern etymologists too, who take κόμη as a back-formation from κομάω "to tend, to take care of" (Schwyzer, Gr. Gr. 1, 725).
Photius, Lexicon, kappa 922; Etymologicum Gudianum, kappa p. 336.