mãe

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See also: mae and Mae

Portuguese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • mãy (obsolete)
  • manhê (colloquial, used in yelling or slow speech)

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese mãy, from madre, from Latin māter (mother), from Proto-Indo-European *méh₂tēr (mother).

Compare Galician mai, nai, Mirandese and Leonese mai and Aragonese mai.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mãe f (plural mães)

  1. mother (female who gives birth to or parents a child)
  2. (figuratively) mother (source or origin)
    A Ibéria é a mãe da Era do Descobrimento.
    Iberia is the mother of the Age of Discovery.
  3. (attributive, in compounds) whence others spawn, are generated, are copied or stem
    nave-mãe
    mothership
    célula-mãe
    stem cell
  4. lees (sediment that settles during fermentation of beverages)

Synonyms[edit]

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (female parent): pai

Derived terms[edit]

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Descendants[edit]

  • Annobonese: mai
  • Kabuverdianu: mai
  • Malaccan Creole Portuguese: mai
  • Sãotomense: men