from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A porter or bearer in certain Muslim countries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a porter in Turkey and other oriental countries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In Turkey and other Oriental countries, a porter or burden bearer; specif., in Western India, a palanquin bearer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A porter in Constantinople. Two hamals carry immense weights between them, suspended from poles supported on their shoulders.


Arabic ḥammāl, from ḥamala, to carry; see ḥml in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic حمال (Hammāl, "porter") (Wiktionary)



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