either of two curved pieces lying upon the collar in the harness of an animal, to which the traces are fastened.

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle Dutch

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hame1 (heɪm)
either of the two curved bars holding the traces of the harness, attached to the collar of a draught animal
[C14: from Middle Dutch hame; related to Middle High German hame fishing rod]

hame2 (hem)
n, —adv
a Scot word for home

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