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


Nearby words

  1. mamillary line,
  2. mamillate,
  3. mamillation,
  4. mamilliform,
  5. mamillothalamic fascicle,
  6. mammae,
  7. mammal,
  8. mammalgia,
  9. mammalia,
  10. mammalian


[ 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


or mam·ma

[ mah-muh; for 1 also muh-mah ]
/ ˈmɑ mə; for 1 also məˈmɑ /


Informal. mother1.
  1. a sexually attractive, usually mature woman.
  2. one's wife.

Origin of mama

1545–55; nursery word, with parallels in other European languages, probably in part inherited or borrowed, in part newly formed; compare Latin mamma, Greek mámmē breast, mama (see mamma2), French maman mama, Welsh mam mother (< *mammā) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mammae


/ (məˈmɑː) /


old-fashioned an informal word for mother 1



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


/ (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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Word Origin and History for mammae
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Medicine definitions for mammae


[ mămə ]

n. pl. mam•mae (mămē)

A mammary gland.

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