or ham·mal

[huh-mahl, -mawl]


(in some Muslim countries) a porter.

Origin of hamal

1960–65; < Arabic hammāl porter, carrier, akin to hamala to carry
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Historical Examples of hamal

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.


    Julius R. Van Millingen

British Dictionary definitions for hamal


hammal or hamaul


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

Word Origin for hamal

from Arabic hamala to carry
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