[ ah-mah ]
/ ˈɑ mɑ /
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noun, plural a·mas, a·ma.

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

Definition for ama (2 of 3)


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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against medical advice
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