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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ham  \Ham\,  n.  [AS.  ham;  akin  to  D.  ham,  dial.  G.  hamme,  OHG. 
  hamma.  Perh.  named  from  the  bend  at  the  ham,  and  akin  to  E. 
  chamber.  Cf  {Gammon}  ham.] 
  1.  (Anat.)  The  region  back  of  the  knee  joint;  the  popliteal 
  space;  the  hock. 
 
  2.  The  thigh  of  any  animal;  especially,  the  thigh  of  a  hog 
  cured  by  salting  and  smoking. 
 
  A  plentiful  lack  of  wit,  together  with  most  weak 
  ham.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ham  \Ham\,  n. 
  Home.  [North  of  Eng.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ham 
  n  1:  thigh  of  a  hog  (usually  smoked)  [syn:  {jambon},  {gammon}] 
  2:  an  unskilled  actor  who  overacts  [syn:  {ham  actor}] 
  v  :  exaggerate  one's  acting  [syn:  {overact},  {overplay}]  [ant:  {underact}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Ham 
  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. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Ham,  hot;  heat;  brown 
 




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