hammock

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[ham-uh k]
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Origin of hammock

1
1545–55; < Spanish hamaca < Taino of Hispaniola
Related formsham·mock·like, adjective

hammock

2
[ham-uh k]
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hammock

1
noun
  1. a length of canvas, net, etc, suspended at the ends and used as a bed
Derived Formshammock-like, adjective

Word Origin for hammock

C16: from Spanish hamaca, of Taino origin

hammock

2
noun
  1. a variant of hummock (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for hammock
n.

1650s, alteration of hamaca (1550s), from Spanish hamaca, from Arawakan (Haiti) word apparently meaning "fish nets" (cf. Yukuna hamaca, Taino amaca).

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