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- v. To mutilate; hamstring; cut away.
- v. To cut out the balls of the feet of (dogs) so as to render them unfit for hunting.
- v. To walk lame; limp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To hamstring.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mutilate; hamstring; cut away.
- To cut out the balls of the feet of (dogs), so as to render them unfit for hunting.
- To walk lame; limp: in this sense usually hammel, hammle.
From Middle English hamelen, from Old English hamelian ("to hamstring, mutilate"), from Proto-Germanic *hamalōnan, *hamlōnan (“to mutilate”), from Proto-Indo-European *kem- (“mutilated, hornless”). Cognate with German hammeln, hämmeln ("to geld"), Icelandic hamla ("to mutilate, maim"), Dutch hamel ("wether"). (Wiktionary)