|1.||the part of the hindquarters of a pig or similar animal between the hock and the hip|
|2.||the meat of this part, esp when salted or smoked|
|a. the back of the leg above the knee|
|b. the space or area behind the knee|
|4.||needlework a cushion used for moulding curves|
|[Old English hamm; related to Old High German hamma haunch, Old Irish cnāim bone, camm bent, Latin camur bent]|
|a. an actor who overacts or relies on stock gestures or mannerisms|
|b. overacting or clumsy acting|
|c. (as modifier): a ham actor|
|a. a licensed amateur radio operator|
|b. (as modifier): a ham licence|
|—vb , hams, hamming, hammed|
|3.||informal to overact|
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One of the three sons of Noah. According to the biblical account, Noah and his family were the only human survivors of the great Flood and were therefore the progenitors of all the peoples on Earth.
Note: Egypt was traditionally called “the Land of Ham,” and Ham was considered to be the ancestor of the Egyptians and of all African peoples south of Egypt.
Note: The “curse of Ham” refers to the biblical story in which Ham, seeing his father drunk and naked, refused to turn away as his two brothers did. When Noah awoke, he cursed Ham and his son Canaan, supposedly causing a darker pigmentation in their descendants. This so-called curse has often been wrongly used to justify racism.
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warm, hot, and hence the south; also an Egyptian word meaning "black", the youngest son of Noah (Gen. 5:32; comp. 9:22,24). The curse pronounced by Noah against Ham, properly against Canaan his fourth son, was accomplished when the Jews subsequently exterminated the Canaanites. One of the most important facts recorded in Gen. 10 is the foundation of the earliest monarchy in Babylonia by Nimrod the grandson of Ham (6, 8, 10). The primitive Babylonian empire was thus Hamitic, and of a cognate race with the primitive inhabitants of Arabia and of Ethiopia. (See ACCAD.) The race of Ham were the most energetic of all the descendants of Noah in the early times of the post-diluvian world.