Where did the word hammock come from and Is hammock a Spanish word?

A hammock is a bed of netting or canvas that hangs between trees or other supports.

The Spanish picked up both the item and the word, hamaca, from the Arawak or Taino of the West Indies.

Hammocks are now familiar all over the world, particulary in tropical vacation spots and sunny backyards, but are especially popular among Latinos.

A hammock is a nice place to take a siesta, or afternoon break, a time-honored custom in Latin America.

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