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[ah-mah] /ˈɑ mɑ/
noun, plural amas, ama.
a Japanese diver, usually a woman, who tends underwater oyster beds used in the cultivation of pearls.
Origin of ama
From Japanese, dating back to 1945-50, of uncertain origin


variant of -orama, occurring as the final element in compounds when the first element is a disyllable ending in - r, used so that the entire word maintains the same number of syllables as panorama, :
rollerama; Futurama.


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  • From the appearance of the old lady, she was the ama, the nurse, or governess to the fair girl.

    The Prime Minister W.H.G. Kingston
  • “Get in quickly, Dick, and let us be going,” murmured ama hastily.

    A Middy of the Slave Squadron Harry Collingwood
  • But, ama, you speak of ‘we,’ as though you intended to accompany me.

    A Middy of the Slave Squadron Harry Collingwood
  • All kin of the same generation as his father and mother are ama or ina (father or mother).

    Ifugao Law R. F. Burton
  • Probably a corruption of the popular term “Kafir,” ama being the plural sign.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley Bertram Mitford
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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