Hammel

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German hamel, from Old High German hamal (“whether”, also an adjective “castrated”). Cognate with Dutch hamel.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhaməl/
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Noun[edit]

Hammel m (genitive Hammels, plural Hammel or Hämmel)

  1. wether (castrated ram)
  2. mutton (sheepflesh, sheepmeat)
  3. jackass (person)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The plural is usually unchanged. The form Hämmel was fairly common in the 19th century, but is now rare.

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably inherited from Old High German hamal, though the modern Luxembourgish form is based on German Hammel; the native equivalent would be *Hummel. The word was rare because the area has very little tradition in sheep farming.

Noun[edit]

Hammel m (plural Hämmel)

  1. wether, castrated ram

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Pennsylvania German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare German Hammel, Dutch hamel.

Noun[edit]

Hammel m (plural Hammel)

  1. wether, castrated ram