mãe

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See also: mae, Mae, Maè, Māe, , , ma'e, and -mä

Portuguese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

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

Etymology[edit]

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

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɐ̃j̃/, [ˈmɐ̃ɪ̯̃]

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Noun[edit]

mãe f (plural mães)

  1. mother (female who gives birth to or parents a child)
    Synonyms: genetriz, genitora, mamã, (childish) mamãe, progenitora
  2. One's mother
    Mãe, a senhora viu meus óculos?
    Mom, have you seen my glasses?
  3. (figuratively) mother (source or origin)
    A Ibéria é a mãe da Era do Descobrimento.
    Iberia is the mother of the Age of Discovery.
  4. (attributive, in compounds) whence others spawn, are generated, are copied or stem
    nave-mãe
    mothership
    célula-mãe
    stem cell
  5. lees (sediment that settles during fermentation of beverages)
    Synonym: madre

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (female parent): pai

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Further reading[edit]

  • mãe” in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913