Word of the Day – Hames

By November 20, 2019Word of the Day

Hames (noun)


Two curved pieces of iron or wood forming or attached to the collar of a draught horse, to which the traces are attached.

Middle English from Middle Dutch.

Example sentences

“The hames chains went from the collar to the shafts of the cart.”

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