from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the two curved wooden or metal pieces of a harness that fits around the neck of a draft animal and to which the traces are attached.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A covering, skin, membrane.
- n. Part of the harness that fits round the neck of a draught horse that the reins pass through.
- n. Scottish form of home
- n. Alternative form of halm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Home.
- n. One of the two curved pieces of wood or metal, in the harness of a draught horse, to which the traces are fastened. They are fitted upon the collar, or have pads fitting the horse's neck attached to them.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A covering; a skin; a membrane.
- n. One of two curved pieces of wood or metal in the harness of a draft-horse, to which the traces are fastened, and which lie upon the collar or have pads attached to them fitting the horse's neck. See cut under harness.
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of halm.
- n. A Scotch form of home.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stable gear consisting of either of two curved supports that are attached to the collar of a draft horse and that hold the traces
Middle English, from Middle Dutch; see tkei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hame, home, from Old English hama, homa ("a cover, skin"), from Proto-Germanic *hamô (“clothes, skirt”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱam- (“cover, clothes”). Cognate with Danish ham ("skin, bladder, figure"), Danish hams ("shell, sleeve"). More at heaven. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Middle Dutch hame ("horse collar, harness, fishnet"), from Old Dutch *hamo, from Proto-Germanic *hamô (“fishnet, collar for a horse”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱam- (“part of a harness”). Cognate with Middle Low German ham, hame ("collar, fishnet"), Old High German hamo ("sack-like fishnet") (Modern German dialectal Hame, Hamen ("hand fishnet"), Ham ("horse collar")). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English ham, from Old English hām ("home"). More at home. (Wiktionary)
From earlier haum, haume. (Wiktionary)