Definitions

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  • adj. Shaped like a breast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the form of a mamma (breast) or mammæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a breast or teat; mastoid; mammillary.

Etymologies

Latin: mamma +‎ -form (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The skin of the large hairy nævus, as well as that of the smaller ones, was stated by Schulz to have been in the main thickened, in part uneven, verrucose, from very light to intensely dark brown in color; the consistency of the larger mammiform and smaller tumors soft, doughy, and elastic.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • The skin of the large hairy naevus, as well as that of the smaller ones, was stated by Schulz to have been in the main thickened, in part uneven, verrucose, from very light to intensely dark brown in color; the consistency of the larger mammiform and smaller tumors soft, doughy, and elastic.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Seen afar off, they first appeared twin mammiform peaks, -- naked and dark against the sky; but now they begin to brighten a little and show color, -- also to change form.

    Two Years in the French West Indies

  • They are occasionally mammiform, and so symmetrical that one might imagine them artificial creations, -- particularly when they occur in pairs.

    Two Years in the French West Indies

  • And what had appeared a pearl-grey cloud in the north slowly reveals itself as another island of mountains, -- hunched and horned and mammiform: Guadeloupe begins to show her double profile.

    Two Years in the French West Indies

  • For the last twenty minutes his spirits had been slowly sinking before the drifting procession past the carriage windows of dull gray and brown hills -- mammiform in shape, but so cold and sterile in expression that the swathes of yellow mist which lay in their hollows, like soiled guipure, seemed a gratuitous affectation of modesty.

    The Bell-Ringer of Angel's

  • These basalts were covered with a mammiform substance, which I vainly sought on the Peak of Teneriffe, and which is known by the names of volcanic glass, glass of Muller, or hyalite: it is the transition from the opal to the chalcedony.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 1

  • Of course, the Brist - for breast is almost obvious enough to stand by itself; but in a further burst of upfront research, I suggest that the connection may lie in the Bristol Channel where one may find, as described in a travel article, "a pair of conspicuously mammiform islands known locally as The Mumbles" by association with a small nearby fishing village called Mumbles.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIV No 1

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