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1. A social visit or friendly interchange, especially between whalers or other seafarers.
2. A herd of whales.
v. gammed, gam·ming, gams
To hold a visit, especially while at sea.
To visit with.
A person's leg.
[Probably from Polari, from Italian gamba, from Late Latin, hoof; see gambol.]
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1. (Fishing) a school of whales
2. (Fishing) nautical an informal visit between crew members of whalers
3. NZ a flock of large sea birds
vb, gams, gamming or gammed
4. (Fishing) (intr) (of whales) to form a school
5. (Nautical Terms) nautical (of members of the crews of whalers) to visit (each other) informally
6. (tr) US to visit or exchange visits with
[C19: perhaps dialect variant of game1]
slang a leg, esp a woman's shapely leg
[C18: probably from Old Northern French gambe or Lingua Franca gambe; see jamb]
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a person's leg, esp. a woman's well-shaped leg.
[1775–85; probably < Polari < Italian gamba leg; see jamb]
n., v. gammed, gam•ming. n.
1. a herd or school of whales.
2. a social meeting or visit between whalers.v.i.
3. (of whales) to assemble into a herd or school.
4. (of whalers) to participate in a gam.
[1840–50, Amer.; perhaps dial. variant of game1]
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Gama herd or school of whales; also whaling ships in company.
Examples: gam of porpoises; of whales; of whaling ships, 1850.
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Past participle: gammed
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