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amah

[ah-muh, am-uh] /ˈɑ mə, ˈæm ə/
noun, (in India and the Far East)
1.
a baby's nurse, especially a wet nurse.
2.
a female servant; maid.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Portuguese ama nurse, governess < Medieval Latin amma wet nurse, perhaps alteration of Latin mamma breast
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amah

/ˈɑːmə; ˈæmə/
noun
1.
(in the East, esp formerly) a nurse or maidservant, esp one of Chinese origin Compare ayah
Word Origin
C19: from Portuguese ama nurse, wet nurse
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Word Origin and History for amah
n.

"wet-nurse," 1839, Anglo-Indian, from Portuguese ama "nurse," from Medieval Latin amma "mother," from PIE root *am-, forming nursery words.

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