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mam·ma 1

Variant of mama.

mam·ma 2

n. pl. mam·mae (măm′ē)
An organ of female mammals that contains milk-producing glands; a mammary gland.

[Latin; see mā- in Indo-European roots.]

mam′mate′ (măm′āt′) adj.


1. Also: momma another word for mother1
2. informal a buxom and voluptuous woman
[C16: reduplication of childish syllable ma; compare Welsh mam, French maman, Russian mama]


n, pl -mae (-miː)
1. (Anatomy) the milk-secreting organ of female mammals: the breast in women, the udder in cows, sheep, etc
2. (Zoology) the milk-secreting organ of female mammals: the breast in women, the udder in cows, sheep, etc
3. (Physical Geography) (functioning as plural) breast-shaped protuberances, esp from the base of cumulonimbus clouds
[C17: from Latin: breast]


(ˈmɑ mə, məˈmɑ)



(ˈmæm ə)

n., pl. mam•mae (ˈmæm i)
a structure of mammals comprising one or more mammary glands with an associated nipple or teat, activated for the secretion of milk in the female after the birth of young.
[before 1050; Middle English < Latin: breast, teat]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mamma - informal terms for a mothermamma - informal terms for a mother    
female parent, mother - a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother); "the mother of three children"
2.mamma - milk-secreting organ of female mammalsmamma - milk-secreting organ of female mammals
female mammal - animals that nourish their young with milk
dug - an udder or breast or teat
udder, bag - mammary gland of bovids (cows and sheep and goats)
duct gland, exocrine, exocrine gland - a gland that secretes externally through a duct
tit, titty, boob, breast, knocker, bosom - either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
mamilla, mammilla, nipple, teat, tit, pap - the small projection of a mammary gland


[məˈmɑː] N (esp US) → mamá f



(məˈmaː) , (maːmə) noun
a (name for one's) mother.


n. mama, glándula secretora de leche en la mujer localizada en la parte anterior del tórax.
References in classic literature ?
For instance, rudimentary mammae are very general in the males of mammals: I presume that the 'bastard-wing' in birds may be safely considered as a digit in a rudimentary state: in very many snakes one lobe of the lungs is rudimentary; in other snakes there are rudiments of the pelvis and hind limbs.
Rudimentary organs sometimes retain their potentiality, and are merely not developed: this seems to be the case with the mammae of male mammals, for many instances are on record of these organs having become well developed in full-grown males, and having secreted milk.
Uber die carcinoide Wuchsform der Carcinoma mammae, insbesondere das Carcinoma Solidum (gelatinosum) mammae.
These mammae can be equated to the pairs abdominal and inguinal (cf.
24) Incitat me pectus et mammae putres here must be "transparently" ironic (Garrison 1991, 183; see also Watson 2003, 288).