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Pronunciation: (ham'ur-hed"), [key]
1. the part of a hammer designed for striking.
2. a shark of the genus Sphyrna, esp. S. zygaena, having the head expanded laterally so as to resemble a double-headed hammer, sometimes dangerous to swimmers.
3. Also called ham•mer•kop Pronunciation: (ham'ur-kop"). [key]a brown heronlike African bird, Scopus umbretta, having the head so crested as to resemble a claw hammer.
4. See flatheaded borer.
5. Slang.blockhead; dunce; lout.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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