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HAMMOCK

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 899 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HAMMOCK, a bed or couch slung from each end. The word is said to have been derived from the hamack tree, the bark of which was used by the aboriginal natives of Brazil to form the nets, suspended from trees, in which they slept. The hammock may be of matting, skin or textiles, lined with cushions or filled with bedding. It is much used in hot climates.
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