Ham. [Heb. Cham, probably "hot."]
The youngest son of Noah, born after his father was 500 years old (Gen 5:32; 9:24). During his father's drunkenness Ham acted shamefully and thus incurred the displeasure of Noah and brought a curse upon Canaan, Ham's son , who seems to have been involved in his father's sin (ch 9:22-27). To Ham's descendants belong the African and Arabian Cushites (Ethiopians), the Egyptians, and the Canaanites -- Seventh-day Adventist Bible Dictionary.