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or hammal

[huh-mahl, -mawl] /həˈmɑl, -ˈmɔl/
(in the Middle East and Orient) a porter.
Origin of hamal
1960-65; < Arabic hammāl porter, carrier, akin to hamala to carry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.

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

  • 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


(in Middle Eastern countries) a porter, bearer, or servant
Word Origin
from Arabic hamala to carry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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