\ ˈtōmə\
plural Toma or Tomas

Definition of Toma

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a people of adjacent parts of Liberia and Guinea
2 : a member of the Toma people
-to·​ma | \ təmə, təmə\
plural -s

Definition of -toma (Entry 2 of 2)

: animal having a (specified) type of segmentation in generic names especially of insects Triatoma

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History and Etymology for Toma

Noun combining form

New Latin, from feminine of -tomus cutting, cut, segmented

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