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hammam

[huh-mahm] /həˈmɑm/
noun
1.
(in Islamic countries) a communal bathhouse, usually with separate baths for men and women.
Origin of hammam
(< Turkish haman) < Arabic ḥammām
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  • Well, it is this: At the hammam is employed a cousin of Embarka's.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • "And her mother knew I should be all night at the hammam," he said.

    "Fin Tireur" Robert Hichens
  • Christians cannot enter a Mohammedan hammam, as they are considered unclean.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • That in the bath of the hammam es-Shefa is a spring of undrinkable water.

  • We much enjoyed the use of the Persian “hammam” (bath) while there.

  • "And they have gone to hammam Rhira," replies he precipitately.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • It would not have mattered to-morrow; father will not be here; he is going to hammam Rhira.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • With that newly-gained knowledge as to to-morrow's hammam Rhira, he can afford to comply.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • Pillars of salt are to be met with elsewhere, for instance at hammam Meskutim in Algeria.

  • Hastening to the hammam he secreted himself behind the door so that, unobserved himself, he might see her when she came in.

British Dictionary definitions for hammam

hammam

/hʌmˈɑːm/
noun
1.
a bathing establishment, such as a Turkish bath
Word Origin
Arabic, literally: bath
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