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Ham,

in the Bible, son of Noah. In biblical ethnography, Ham is the father of the nations Cush, Mizraim, Phut, and Canaan. In a story separate from the flood narrative, the legend related in the Book of Genesis and in the Qur'an suggests that Canaan was a son of Noah. The "Land of Ham" is a designation for Egypt in the Psalms. The Hamitic languagesHamitic languages,
subfamily of the Hamito-Semitic family of languages, a now-abandoned system of classification for languages of N Africa and SW Asia. The Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and (sometimes) Chadic languages were formerly classified as Hamitic languages. See Afroasiatic languages.
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 were named after this son of Noah.

ham,

hind leg of a hog above the hock joint, prepared for food by curing or smoking. Ham is one of the earliest of preserved meats; it is now a leading product of the meatpacking industry. The flavor and quality of ham depend on the age, condition, and feeding of the swine and on the smoke used in curing. The Westphalian hams of Germany are smoked with juniper brush; birchwood also is used in N Europe; hickory is favored in the United States. The delicate flavor of the relatively lean Smithfield hams of Virginia is attributed in part to the roots, acorns, and nuts upon which the hogs feed. The major consumers of ham are Denmark, Germany, and the United States.

ham

1
1. the part of the hindquarters of a pig or similar animal between the hock and the hip
2. Informal
a. the back of the leg above the knee
b. the space or area behind the knee
3. Needlework a cushion used for moulding curves

ham

2
Theatre informal
a. an actor who overacts or relies on stock gestures or mannerisms
b. overacting or clumsy acting
c. (as modifier): a ham actor

ham

An amateur radio operator. The term's origin is uncertain, but most likely came from early, pre-radio days, when Morse-code operators were referred to as "ham-fisted" and called "hams." Anecdote places the origin as the first initials of "Hertz," "Ampere" and "Marconi," the originators of radio technology, but the term was used before Marconi's time. See amateur radio.
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Sensory properties of dry-cured hams obtained from four different pig breeds were evaluated by a trained panel members (n = 8), using a descriptive analysis method as described by Ruiz et al.
Start to finish: less than 15 minutes prep; approximately 1⅓ to 2 hours unattended baking, depending on size of ham
To serve a fully cooked ham hot, place it on a rack in a shallow, foil-lined baking pan and bake, uncovered, in a 325- to 350-degree F oven until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F at the center of the thickest part.
Soak a 5-6kg leg of uncooked ham overnight in a large, clean container of water, changing the water a couple of times before you go to bed.
Skippers got into the storeroom in spite of all precautions and infested the hams, a fact which demonstrates the advantage of protecting the individual hams even though the storeroom was supposedly fly-proof.
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Accent the display with other Spanish delicacies such as whole wheels of Manchego, the most famous of the country's cheeses, and a bottle of fino sherry, the most favorite accompaniment to the hams on their home turf.
A general rule for reheating precooked hams is 20 minutes per pound in a 325-degree oven or until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees.
During the first half of the century, hams often faced government suspicion that they might be using their instruments to communicate with "foreign" agents, though in the World War II years they dubbed themselves the minutemen of radio and some joined the (tightly supervised) War Emergency Radio Service.
Kids in the Ham Shack at the Fitness Farm sat enraptured as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger answered their fitness questions at this year's annual Scholarship Games in Indy.
If you've got three minutes to pack lunch, nothing's quicker than ham on rye, roast beef on a roll, or turkey on whole wheat.