noun, plural amas, ama.
a Japanese diver, usually a woman, who tends underwater oyster beds used in the cultivation of pearls.

1945–50; < Japanese, of uncertain origin Unabridged


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.


American Management Association.
American Medical Association.
American Motorcycle Association. Unabridged
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abbreviation for
1.  American Medical Association
2.  Australian Medical Association

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Word Origin & History

Japanese woman diver, 1954, from Japanese, lit. "sea."
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  1. against medical advice

  2. Amarillo International Airport

  3. American Management Association

  4. American Medical Association

  5. American Motorcycle Association

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The term ama and aka have been widely applied to modern trimarans.
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