or ham·mal

[ huh-mahl, -mawl ]

  1. (in some Muslim countries) a porter.

Origin of hamal

1960–65; <Arabic hammāl porter, carrier, akin to hamala to carry

Words Nearby hamal

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How to use hamal in a sentence

  • The star was called hamal by the Arabs, signifying a sheep, and the animal is represented as looking backwards.

  • A hamal's carrying capacity may therefore be expressed, after this experience, as equal to a half horse-power.

    Turkey | Julius R. Van Millingen
  • The Pasha told the hamal to go away and come back in a week; in the meantime he would see what he could do for him.

  • She whispered to me, after the play: "Isidore and Alfred de hamal are both here!"

    The Worlds Greatest Books | Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • hamal lies near the path of the moon, and is one of the stars from which longitude is reckoned.

    A Field Book of the Stars | William Tyler Olcott

British Dictionary definitions for hamal


hammal or hamaul

/ (həˈmɑːl) /

  1. (in Middle Eastern countries) a porter, bearer, or servant

Origin of hamal

from Arabic hamala to carry

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