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noun, plural a·mas, a·ma.
  1. a Japanese diver, usually a woman, who tends underwater oyster beds used in the cultivation of pearls.
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Origin of ama

From Japanese, dating back to 1945–50, of uncertain origin


  1. 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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  1. American Management Association.
  2. American Medical Association.
  3. American Motorcycle Association.
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abbreviation for
  1. American Medical Association
  2. Australian Medical Association
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