Hammock definition

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(south) A fertile, raised area with hardwood trees.
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A length of netting, canvas, etc. swung from ropes at both ends and used as a bed or couch.
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A hanging, easily swung length of canvas or heavy netting suspended between two trees or other supports and used as a seat or bed.
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A swinging couch or bed, usually made of netting or canvas about six feet wide, suspended by clews or cords at the ends.
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(US, archaic) A piece of land thickly wooded, and usually covered with bushes and vines.
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The definition of a hammock is a canvas or rope bed that is hung between two trees or other supports.

A bed that is hung between two palm trees that you lounge in outside in your backyard or when you are on vacation is an example of a hammock.

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Noun

Singular:
hammock
Plural:
hammocks

Origin of hammock

  • Spanish hamaca from Taíno

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish hamaca, from Taino. 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.”

    From Wiktionary