Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of mama.
  • n. An organ of female mammals that contains milk-producing glands; a mammary gland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The milk-secreting organ of female humans and other mammals which includes the mammary gland and the nipple or teat; a breast; an udder. (plural: mammae)
  • n. an accessory cloud like a mammary in appearance, which can form on the underside of most cloud genera
  • n. Alternative spelling of mama: mother.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Mother; -- word of tenderness and familiarity.
  • n. A glandular organ for secreting milk, characteristic of all mammals, but usually rudimentary in the male; a mammary gland; a breast; udder; bag.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See mama.
  • n. Pl. mammæ (-ē). The mammary gland and associated structures; the characteristic organ of the class Mammalia, which in the female secretes milk for the nourishment of the young; a breast or udder.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of sea-snails of the family Naticidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. informal terms for a mother
  • n. milk-secreting organ of female mammals

Etymologies

Latin; see mā-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mamma. (Wiktionary)
Alternative spelling of mama or momma. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • How interesting, then, that the word mamma is the Latin singular word for breast.

    mamma « Love | Peace | Ohana

  • But you know Paris is so very amusing, and if only Harold remains good - natured about it, I shall be content to wait for the caravan (that's what he calls mamma and the children).

    A Bundle of Letters

  • Mind you – I, or any mountain mamma cook from the Appalachians could have told the author that would be the case, but then, there is nothing wrong with someone proving us right after all these years.

    Tigers & Strawberries » The Riddle of Iron

  • Society of Literature's annual prize for her poem Dartmoor, she noted that her son "sprang up from his Latin exercise and shouted aloud, 'Now, I am sure mamma is a better poet than Lord Byron!"'

    Contesting the Heterodoxy: Mrs. Hemans vs. Lord Byron

  • He 's up in mamma's room, and was just saying, 'How 's Polly?' when I heard you come, in your creep-mouse way, and you must go right up.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • Perhaps mamma is sicker than usual, or papa worried about business, or Tom in some new scrape.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • I fancy some fruit off our own trees would suit me, for I have no appetite, and mamma is quite desolée about me.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • The other name for breasts is mammary gland (in Latin, mamma -- breast), and all animals who suckle their young are called mammals or mammalia.

    Woman Her Sex and Love Life

  • When he returned, however, from his colloquy with the grinning Bob, he explained, 'He doesn't mean to be rude, he says, but he's so pleased that we've made the desert so trim, and that "madam," as he calls mamma, is able to come out and see it.

    Holiday Tales

  • I call her mamma, but I am not related to her; I was brought up by her, ’ answered Varenka, flushing a little again.

    Chapter XXXI. Part II

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