One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bed made of canvas or rope mesh suspended from two supports by cords at both ends.
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- ‘When we arrived at a grass-thatched hut at sundown, we'd string up our hammocks and spend the night.’
- ‘Elyante lead them to the cabin, where hammocks hung and a little table was bolted down in the middle.’
- ‘Peering through windows offered a glimpse of how the real Mexicans live, and unearthed the interesting fact that here beds are a rarity, rope hammocks the norm.’
- ‘For the modern Cuna, it provides fibers for making clothing, brooms, threads for sewing and weaving, lamp wicks, rope, and hammocks.’
- ‘Thence in comparison to pricey couches, hammocks are more user-friendly.’
- ‘Then again, maybe if I ask nicely, the boss will let me string a hammock under my desk.’
- ‘Each has a balcony, complete with wicker chairs and a hammock - many guests choose to sleep in the latter.’
- ‘Everyone else would sleep on the lower deck in hammocks that were strung from one side rail to the other side rail of the lower deck.’
- ‘They now approached a boy who lay back in a hammock strung between two large maple trees.’
- ‘I set up my tent; Marvin and Frankie string their hammocks.’
- ‘As there were many experiments, many of them had to sleep in hammocks or cots instead of regular beds.’
- ‘Guests staying in the courtyard also enjoy a private sundeck with sun beds and hammocks.’
- ‘Sunbathing on the cute white sandy beach hugging the lagoon is slightly congested but pleasant, with hammocks strung among the palm trees.’
- ‘I love the rope hammocks but I think the mesh would be even nicer.’
- ‘We talk about natural childbirth and child spacing, swaddling, using cradleboards and hammocks, and carrying your baby.’
- ‘At night we sleep in hammocks strung between two trees on the bank, and keep our fire lit, to keep jaguars and other animals away.’
- ‘In such areas it is not unusual for people to use hammocks rather than beds.’
- ‘I try to take a break next door in one of Rusco garden furniture's comfy rope hammocks, but the saleslady sees I'm way too snug and turfs me out sharpish.’
- ‘I looked up and saw a man sitting in a hammock that was strung across the ceiling.’
- ‘Some of the crew went off-shift, stringing up hybrid bunks and hammocks belowdecks, the others continued working.’
Mid 16th century (in the Spanish form hamaca): via Spanish from Taino hamaka; the ending was altered in the 16th century by association with -ock.
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