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Of unknown origin.



hāmus m (genitive hāmī); second declension

  1. A hook
  2. A fishhook
  3. The barb of an arrow


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative hāmus hāmī
genitive hāmī hāmōrum
dative hāmō hāmīs
accusative hāmum hāmōs
ablative hāmō hāmīs
vocative hāme hāmī


Derived terms[edit]


  • Catalan: ham
  • Dalmatian: jam
  • French: hameçon (from diminutive form)
  • Friulian: amp
  • Galician: anzol (from diminutive form)
  • Italian: amo
  • Portuguese: anzol (from diminutive form)
  • Sardinian (Campidanese): amu
  • Sicilian: amu
  • Spanish: hamo, anzuelo (from diminutive form)


  • hamus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • hamus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “hamus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • hamus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • hamus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 279