Ham"mock(hm"mk), n. [A word of Indian origin: cf. Sp. hamaca. Columbus, in the Narrative of his first voyage, says: "A great many Indians in canoes came to the ship to-day for the purpose of bartering their cotton, and hamacas, or nets, in which they sleep."] 1. A swinging couch or bed, usually made of netting or canvas about six feet long and three feet wide, suspended by clews or cords at the ends.
2. A piece of land thickly wooded, and usually covered with bushes and vines. Used also adjectively; as,
[Southern U. S.]
Hammock nettings (Naut.), formerly, nets for stowing hammocks; now, more often, wooden boxes or a trough on the rail, used for that purpose.
Ha"mous(h"ms), }[L. hamus hook.] (Bot.) Having the end hooked or curved.
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