from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A housemaid, especially a wet nurse, in India and the Far East.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woman employed to look after children in India; a wet nurse.
- n. A maid in China and other parts of Asia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else.
- n. a female domestic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nurse; especially, a wet-nurse.
- n. A lady's-maid; a maid-servant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
- n. a female domestic
Portuguese ama, nurse, from Medieval Latin amma, mother.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese ama, from Medieval Latin amma, perhaps an alteration of mamma, of imitative origin, or from Ancient Greek. (Wiktionary)