[ mah-muh, muh-mah ]
/ ˈmɑ mə, məˈmɑ /


Definition for mamma (2 of 2)

[ mam-uh ]
/ ˈmæm ə /

noun, plural mam·mae [mam-ee] /ˈmæm i/ for 1; mam·ma for 2.

Anatomy, Zoology. a structure, characteristic of mammals, that comprises one or more mammary glands with an associated nipple or teat, usually rudimentary unless developed and activated for the secretion of milk in the female after the birth of young.
Meteorology.(used with a plural verb) hanging, breastlike protuberances on the under surface of a cloud.

Origin of mamma

before 1050; Middle English <Latin: breast, teat (whence Old English mamme teat). See mamma1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for mamma (1 of 2)


noun mainly US

Also: momma (ˈmɑːmə, məˈmɑː) another word for mother 1
(ˈmɑːmə) informal a buxom and voluptuous woman

Word Origin for mamma

C16: reduplication of childish syllable ma; compare Welsh mam, French maman, Russian mama

British Dictionary definitions for mamma (2 of 2)

/ (ˈmæmə) /

noun plural -mae (-miː)

the milk-secreting organ of female mammals: the breast in women, the udder in cows, sheep, etc
(functioning as plural) breast-shaped protuberances, esp from the base of cumulonimbus clouds

Word Origin for mamma

C17: from Latin: breast
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Medical definitions for mamma

[ mămə ]

n. pl. mam•mae (mămē)

A mammary gland.
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