mam·​ma | \ ˈma-mə How to pronounce mamma (audio) \
plural mammae\ ˈma-​ˌmē How to pronounce mammae (audio) , -​ˌmī \

Definition of mamma

: a mammary gland and its accessory parts

First Known Use of mamma

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mamma

borrowed from New Latin, going back to Latin, "breast, udder, mother," nursery word with cognate or parallel formations in other Indo-European languages, as Old Irish muimme "nurse, foster mother," Welsh mam "mother," Russian máma, Lithuanian mamà, momà, Greek mámmē "mother, grandmother," Armenian mam "grandmother," Sanskrit māmaḥ "uncle"

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The first known use of mamma was before the 12th century

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“Mamma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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mam·​ma | \ ˈmam-ə How to pronounce mamma (audio) \
plural mammae\ ˈmam-​ˌē How to pronounce mammae (audio) , -​ˌī How to pronounce mammae (audio) \

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: a mammary gland and its accessory parts

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