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also a·ma  (ä′mə, ä′mä)
A housemaid or children's nurse, especially in East Asia and Southeast Asia.

[Portuguese ama, nurse, from Medieval Latin amma, mother.]


(ˈɑːmə; ˈæmə)
(in the East, esp formerly) a nurse or maidservant, esp one of Chinese origin. Compare ayah
[C19: from Portuguese ama nurse, wet nurse]


(ˈɑ mə, ˈæm ə)

(in the Far East) a female servant, esp. a nursemaid.
[1830–40; < Portuguese ama wet nurse < Medieval Latin amma]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amah - a woman hired to suckle a child of someone elseamah - a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
nanny, nursemaid, nurse - a woman who is the custodian of children
2.amah - a female domesticamah - a female domestic      
chambermaid, fille de chambre - a maid who is employed to clean and care for bedrooms (now primarily in hotels)
domestic, domestic help, house servant - a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
handmaid, handmaiden - a personal maid or female attendant
lady's maid - a maid who is a lady's personal attendant
parlormaid, parlourmaid - a maid in a private home whose duties are to care for the parlor and the table and to answer the door
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(ˈaːmə) noun
1. in Eastern Countries, a native female servant.
2. a baby's nurse, especially a wet-nurse.
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Amah responds to Larson's claim by saying that the language of indebtedness and borrowing is usually a none too subtle way Western commentators have of saying Africa lacks original creativity.
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Small numbers of other messianic Islamic groups exist, including the Malaysian affiliated Daryl Abram, the syncretism Indonesian Amah Caligula (also called the Caligula Congregation), and the Indonesian Islamic Propagation Institute (LODI).
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