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hammock,

suspended bed, usually of netting, canvas, or leather. The hammock and its name were introduced to Europeans by Christopher Columbus, who learned of them from Native Americans. While the plaited hammock seems to be native to the Western Hemisphere, blankets have served the same purpose among primitive tribes in other parts of the world. The hammock was formerly used to conserve space on naval vessels. It has served as a means of conveyance in tropical areas.

Hammock

 

a suspended bed woven in the form of a net, invented by Indians, inhabitants of the tropical forests of South America (the Arawaks and others) and used everywhere in that zone. Because of its comfort, it is in use all over the world. It is made from fibers of agave, palms, cotton, or other plants, as well as from synthetic fiber.

hammock

[′ham·ək]
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I got with much difficulty out of my hammock, having first ventured to draw back the slip-board on the roof already mentioned, contrived on purpose to let in air, for want of which I found myself almost stifled.
Before I went to sleep, I gave him to understand that I had some valuable furniture in my box, too good to be lost: a fine hammock, a handsome field-bed, two chairs, a table, and a cabinet; that my closet was hung on all sides, or rather quilted, with silk and cotton; that if he would let one of the crew bring my closet into his cabin, I would open it there before him, and show him my goods.
Now he advanced his snake-like trunk toward the Swede, who shrank still deeper into his hammock.
Korak ran from the tent just in time to see the enraged elephant's trunk encircle the beast's victim, and then hammock, canopy and man were swung high over Tantor's head.
I thought for a moment I saw the monkey sitting on the hammock.
Peeping cautiously over the side of his hammock, he descried Mrs Quilp, to whom, after contemplating her for some time in silence, he communicated a violent start by suddenly yelling out--'Halloa
Mr Quilp delivered this last command in such a very energetic voice, and moreover accompanied it with such a sudden gesture, indicative of an intention to spring out of his hammock, and, night-capped as he was, bear his wife home again through the public streets, that she sped away like an arrow.
He slipped from the hammock and with deliberate slowness sauntered to the railing, where he yawned sleepily and looked down on them.
As soon as she was clear of her hammock, Gagool cast one evil grin upon us, and then, leaning on a stick, hobbled off towards the face of this wall.
But on offer is Room to Breathe, a day of walking, talking and thinking with a GP and analyst (PS38); the Tinker Project for ages six and upwards, to remake everyday objects (PS3); and the chance to lay back in woodland hammocks and simply relax in the peaceful surroundings.
It was designed to stay ahead of the trend and provide outdoors enthusiasts a lighter option in travel hammocks.
Notes: An open pre-bid meeting will be held for all interested bidders on June 14, 2016 at 9:00 am at Hammocks Beach State Park Visitors Center.