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In Moscow there is a part of the city called Хамовники. What does this word mean, and where does it come from?

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From Wikipedia (it's Russian part):

Слово «хамовники» — от слова «хам», которое с XIV века обозначало льняное полотно (например, просили продать «хаму три локти»).

«Xамовники» comes from «хам» which was used from the 14th century onward in the meaning "linen fabric" (for example, when someone would buy «хаму три локти»—three ells of linen cloth)

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  • Since the question was asked in English, it'd be nice if you provide a short translation/summary of what this says. – Em1 Oct 21 '14 at 9:46

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