chama

noun cha·ma \ ˈkāmə \

Definition of chama

1 Chama :a genus (the type of the family Chamidae) of eulamellibranchiate bivalve mollusks of warm or tropical seas having fixed massive irregular inequivalve shells and comprising the rock oysters and extinct related forms
2 plural -s :a member of the genus Chama :rock oyster

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Origin and Etymology of chama

New Latin, from Latin chama, chema cockle, from Greek chēmē; akin to Greek chaskein to yawn, gape, Latin hiare


Chama

noun Cha·ma \ ˈchämə \

Definition of Chama

plural Chama or Chamas
1 a :a Panoan people of northeastern Peru
b :a member of such people called also Chuncho
2 :the language of the Chama people

Origin and Etymology of chama

Spanish, of American Indian origin


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