Definitions

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  • n. The afterbirth or secundus of an animal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The afterbirth or secundines of a beast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dialectal form of hame.

Etymologies

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Dialectal form of hame ("membrane"). Compare Old English cildhamma ("womb"), Low German hamen ("afterbirth"), Old Dutch hamme ("afterbirth"). More at hame.

Examples

  • There's a certain stoicism and humility to be found in that philosophy, articulated most clearly in Ecclesiastes but evidenced also in common-use words and phrases like "heam", "mektoub" or "in God's hands" ... but it can also be deeply fatalistic, deterministic to the point of being defeatist.

    A Dark And Hidden God

  • When I bought my first serger, everbody I knew received napkins for Christmas….but I cheated and used a rolled hem instead of a sewn heam.

    Polka Dot Cottage: Finally. The Christmas Napkins.

  • Tendrils r~ on the native heam. pupils narrowed, and hands raised weapons anew.

    Trader To The Stars

  • "Eighty's thy stint, but thou's gotten eighty-twee; thou can tak heam wi 'thee twee o' yon three-yeer-owds, an 'mind thou counts straight next yeer."

    Tales of the Ridings

  • Islanders for 30 -- _heam-umdjome ruktei_, 1 man (and a) half. [

    The Number Concept Its Origin and Development

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