The hammock is a sling made of fabric, rope, or netting, suspended between two points, used for swinging, sleeping, or resting. It normally consists of one or more cloth panels, or a woven network of twine or thin rope stretched with ropes between two firm points such as trees or posts. Hammocks were developed by native inhabitants of tropical regions for sleeping. Later, they were used aboard ships by sailors to enable comfort and maximize available space, and by explorers or soldiers traveling in wooded regions. Today they are popular around the world for relaxation; they are also used as a lightweight bed on camping trips. The hammock is often seen as symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation and simple, easy living.
Early hammocks were woven out of bark from a hamack tree, and later this material was replaced by sisal fibers because it was more abundant. One of the reasons that hammocks became popular in Central and South America was their ability to provide safety from disease transmission, insect stings, or animal bites. By suspending their beds above ground, inhabitants were better protected from snakes, biting ants, and other harmful creatures.
There are currently a wide variety of hammocks available. There are hammocks that are designed specifically for backpacking and include mosquito netting along with pockets for nighttime storage. There are hammocks made out of thin and lightweight material which makes them ideal for taking on daytrips.
sling (n) a device which uses a strap, piece of cloth or
ropes for supporting, lifting or carrying objects
suspend (v) to hang
panel (n) a flat, usually rectangular part, or piece of wood,
metal, cloth, etc., that fits into or onto something
twine (n) strong string made of two or more pieces of
string twisted together
inhabitant (n) a person or animal that lives in a particular place
bark (n) the hard outer covering of a tree
sisal (n) strong threads which are used for making rope
and floor coverings
abundant (adj.) more than enough
transmission (n) the process of passing something from one
person or place to another
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