Or hammock-battens: cleats or battens nailed to the sides of a vessel’s beams, from which to suspend the seamen’s hammocks.

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[a. Sp. hamaca of Carib origin; cf. F. hamac (1555 in Hatz.-Darm.).]

1. A hanging bed, consisting of a large piece of canvas, netting, etc. suspended by cords at both ends; used esp. by sailors on board ship, also in hot climates or seasons on land.
{alpha} 1555 EDEN Decades 200 Theyr hangynge beddes whiche they caule Hamacas.

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