[ ah-mah ]
/ ˈɑ mɑ /

noun, plural a·mas, a·ma.

a Japanese diver, usually a woman, who tends underwater oyster beds used in the cultivation of pearls.

Nearby words

  1. alzheimer's disease,
  2. am,
  3. am-dram,
  4. am.,
  5. am/fm,
  6. amab,
  7. amabella,
  8. amabelle,
  9. amable,
  10. amabokoboko

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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