mama

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally from baby talk. Possibly influenced by Middle English mome (mother, aunt), from Old English *mōme, from Proto-West Germanic *mōmā, from Proto-Germanic *mōmǭ (mother, aunt), from Proto-Indo-European *méh₂-méh₂, reduplication of *méh₂- (mother), related to German Muhme (aunt), Latin mamma (mother, nurse), Irish mam (mother), Lithuanian mama, moma (mother).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (plural mamas)

  1. (hypocoristic, usually childish, Canada, US) Mother, female parent.

Related terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


'Are'are[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the prefix ma- and ama.

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. father

References[edit]


Aklanon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *mamaq, compare Malay mamah.

Verb[edit]

mama

  1. to chew (tobacco, betel)

Amis[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. father

Aukan[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother
  2. woman
    Synonym: uman

Aymara[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother
  2. Mrs., mistress (general respectful address for married women).
    tatanak mamanakaladies and gentlemen

Azerbaijani[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (definite accusative mamanı, plural mamalar)

  1. (dialectal) paternal aunt [nt. 1]
    Synonym: bibi
  2. mom
    Synonym: ana
  3. midwife
    Synonym: mamaça

Usage notes[edit]

  1. ^ (in the dialects of Agjabedi, Agdam, Ağdərə, Balakan, Dmanisi, Borchaly, Böyük Qarakilsə, Jabrayil, Fuzuli, Goychay, Imishli, Qakh, Qarakilsə, Qazakh, Lachin, Mingachevir, Sheki, Shamkir, Tartar, Ujar, Yevlakh, Zaqatala, Zangilan) .[1]

Declension[edit]

    Declension of mama
singular plural
nominative mama
mamalar
definite accusative mamanı
mamaları
dative mamaya
mamalara
locative mamada
mamalarda
ablative mamadan
mamalardan
definite genitive mamanın
mamaların
    Possessive forms of mama
nominative
singular plural
mənim (my) mamam mamalarım
sənin (your) maman mamaların
onun (his/her/its) maması mamaları
bizim (our) mamamız mamalarımız
sizin (your) mamanız mamalarınız
onların (their) maması or mamaları mamaları
accusative
singular plural
mənim (my) mamamı mamalarımı
sənin (your) mamanı mamalarını
onun (his/her/its) mamasını mamalarını
bizim (our) mamamızı mamalarımızı
sizin (your) mamanızı mamalarınızı
onların (their) mamasını or mamalarını mamalarını
dative
singular plural
mənim (my) mamama mamalarıma
sənin (your) mamana mamalarına
onun (his/her/its) mamasına mamalarına
bizim (our) mamamıza mamalarımıza
sizin (your) mamanıza mamalarınıza
onların (their) mamasına or mamalarına mamalarına
locative
singular plural
mənim (my) mamamda mamalarımda
sənin (your) mamanda mamalarında
onun (his/her/its) mamasında mamalarında
bizim (our) mamamızda mamalarımızda
sizin (your) mamanızda mamalarınızda
onların (their) mamasında or mamalarında mamalarında
ablative
singular plural
mənim (my) mamamdan mamalarımdan
sənin (your) mamandan mamalarından
onun (his/her/its) mamasından mamalarından
bizim (our) mamamızdan mamalarımızdan
sizin (your) mamanızdan mamalarınızdan
onların (their) mamasından or mamalarından mamalarından
genitive
singular plural
mənim (my) mamamın mamalarımın
sənin (your) mamanın mamalarının
onun (his/her/its) mamasının mamalarının
bizim (our) mamamızın mamalarımızın
sizin (your) mamanızın mamalarınızın
onların (their) mamasının or mamalarının mamalarının

References[edit]

  1. ^ Şirəliyev M. Ş., İslamov M. İ., editors (1999–2003), “mama”, in Azərbaycan dialektoloji lüğəti [Azerbaijani Dialectological Dictionary] (in Azerbaijani), Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu.

Further reading[edit]

  • mama” in Obastan.com.

Bavarian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. (Timau) mother, mom, mama

References[edit]

  • Umberto Patuzzi, ed., (2013) Ünsarne Börtar, Luserna: Comitato unitario delle linguistiche storiche germaniche in Italia / Einheitskomitee der historischen deutschen Sprachinseln in Italien.

Bikol Central[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: ma‧ma
  • IPA(key): /ˈmama/

Noun[edit]

mama (masculine papa)

  1. a mother; a (human) female who (a) parents a child (b) gives birth to a baby (c) donates a fertilized egg or (d) donates a body cell which has resulted in a clone. Sometimes used in reference to a pregnant female, possibly as a shortened form of mother-to-be
    Synonyms: ina, nanay
  2. a term of address to one's mother, mother-in-law or wife

Brunei Malay[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. A mother.
    Synonym: babu

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mamma.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mames)

  1. (informal) mom
  2. (anatomy) mamma

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]


Cebuano[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: ma‧ma

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. a mother; a (human) female who (a) parents a child (b) gives birth to a baby (c) donates a fertilized egg or (d) donates a body cell which has resulted in a clone. Sometimes used in reference to a pregnant female, possibly as a shortened form of mother-to-be
    Synonyms: ina, inahan, nanay
  2. a term of address to one's mother, mother-in-law or wife

Chinook Jargon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English mama or French maman.

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother
    Synonym: naha
    Coordinate term: papa

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Loaned from French maman[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mama's, diminutive mamaatje n)

  1. mama, mother
    Mama, ik heb honger!Mommy, I’m hungry!
    Synonyms: ma, mam
    Synonyms: moeder, moe, (Flemish) moeke

Alternative forms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Berbice Creole Dutch: mama
  • Negerhollands: mama, Mama
    • Virgin Islands Creole: muma

References[edit]

  1. ^ van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor (2010), “mama”, in Etymologiebank, Meertens Institute

Ewe[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. grandmother

Fijian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. ring (for one's finger)

Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mamma.

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mamas)

  1. (anatomy) mamma, breast

Related terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

mama

  1. third-person singular present indicative of mamar
  2. second-person singular imperative of mamar

Garo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Likely from Bengali মামা (mama)

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. maternal uncle
  2. husband of aunt
  3. father-in-law
  4. brother of father-in-law

Synonyms[edit]


Guinea-Bissau Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese mama. Cognate with Kabuverdianu mama.

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. bosom
  2. breast of a woman

Hausa[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /màː.má/
    • (Standard Kano Hausa) IPA(key): [màː.mə́]

Noun[edit]

mā̀ma f (possessed form mā̀mar̃)

  1. mother
    Synonym: uwa

Noun[edit]

mā̀ma m (possessed form mā̀man)

  1. breast
    Synonym: nono

Hungarian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (plural mamák)

  1. mom, mum
    Synonyms: anya, anyu, édesanya, anyuka, anyuci
    Coordinate term: papa
  2. (dialectal) grandmom

Declension[edit]

Inflection (stem in long/high vowel, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative mama mamák
accusative mamát mamákat
dative mamának mamáknak
instrumental mamával mamákkal
causal-final mamáért mamákért
translative mamává mamákká
terminative mamáig mamákig
essive-formal mamaként mamákként
essive-modal
inessive mamában mamákban
superessive mamán mamákon
adessive mamánál mamáknál
illative mamába mamákba
sublative mamára mamákra
allative mamához mamákhoz
elative mamából mamákból
delative mamáról mamákról
ablative mamától mamáktól
non-attributive
possessive - singular
mamáé mamáké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
mamáéi mamákéi
Possessive forms of mama
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. mamám mamáim
2nd person sing. mamád mamáid
3rd person sing. mamája mamái
1st person plural mamánk mamáink
2nd person plural mamátok mamáitok
3rd person plural mamájuk mamáik

Derived terms[edit]

Compound words

Further reading[edit]

  • mama in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN

Ido[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English mamaFrench mamanGerman MamaItalian mammaRussian ма́ма (máma)Spanish mamá.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (plural mamai)

  1. mama, mom, mommy, mum
    Synonym: matro
    Coordinate terms: papa, patro

Indonesian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmama/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧ma
  • Rhymes: -ma, -a

Etymology 1[edit]

Originally from baby talk.

Noun[edit]

mama (plural mama-mama, first-person possessive mamaku, second-person possessive mamamu, third-person possessive mamanya)

  1. mother: female parent.
    Synonyms: biyung, bunda, emak, embok, ibu, ibunda, ibung, indung, mak, mami, mandeh, mbok, umi

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin mamma, from Ancient Greek μάμμη (mámmē).

Noun[edit]

mama (plural mama-mama, first-person possessive mamaku, second-person possessive mamamu, third-person possessive mamanya)

  1. mamma:
    1. (medicine) breast, udder: The milk-secreting organ of female humans and other mammals which includes the mammary gland and the nipple or teat.
      Synonyms: buah dada, bukit kembar, gunung kembar, payudara, susu, tetek, toket
    2. (meteorology) An accessory cloud like a mammary in appearance, which can form on the underside of most cloud genera.

Further reading[edit]


Ingrian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Russian мама (mama).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mum, mama
    • 1936, N. A. Iljin and V. I. Junus, Bukvari iƶoroin șkouluja vart, Leningrad: Riikin Ucebno-pedagogiceskoi Izdateljstva:
      Kana, ka-ka-ka, na, mama, kana.
      A hen, cluck cluck cluck, here, mummy, a hen.

Declension[edit]

Declension of mama (type 3/kana, no gradation, gemination)
singular plural
nominative mama mamat
genitive maman mammoin
partitive mammaa mammoja
illative mammaa mammoi
inessive mamas mamois
elative mamast mamoist
allative mamalle mamoille
adessive mamal mamoil
ablative mamalt mamoilt
translative mamaks mamoiks
essive mamanna, mammaan mamoinna, mammoin
exessive1) mamant mamoint
1) obsolete
*) the accusative corresponds with either the genitive (sg) or nominative (pl)
**) the comitative is formed by adding the suffix -ka? or -kä? to the genitive.

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • papa (dad; papa)

References[edit]

  • Ruben E. Nirvi (1971) Inkeroismurteiden Sanakirja, Helsinki: Suomalais-Ugrilainen Seura, page 295

Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mamma.

Noun[edit]

mama m (genitive singular mama, nominative plural mamaí)

  1. (literary) breast, pap
  2. (anatomy) mamma
    Synonym: faireog mhamach

Declension[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
mama mhama not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]


Istriot[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mamma.

Noun[edit]

mama f

  1. mom, mamma, mother

See also[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

mama

  1. Rōmaji transcription of まま
  2. Rōmaji transcription of ママ

Kabuverdianu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese mama.

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. bosom
  2. breast of a woman

Krisa[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

mama

  1. you

Laboya[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

mama

  1. to chew betel

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. to mother

References[edit]

  • Allahverdi Verdizade (2019), “mama”, in Lamboya word list, Leiden: LexiRumah

Latgalian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally from baby talk, possibly through or influenced by other languages. Compare Lithuanian mama, Russian мама (mama) and English mama.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmama/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧ma

Noun[edit]

mama f (diminutive mameņa)

  1. (colloquial) mum, mummy

Declension[edit]

Synonyms[edit]

Coordinate terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • A. Andronov; L. Leikuma (2008) Latgalīšu-Latvīšu-Krīvu sarunu vuordineica, Lvava, →ISBN, page 10

Lithuanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mamà f (plural mãmos) stress pattern 4

  1. mother

Declension[edit]

Related terms[edit]


Lower Sorbian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (diminutive maminka)

  1. mother, mom

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Muka, Arnošt (1921, 1928), “mama”, in Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow (in German), St. Petersburg, Prague: ОРЯС РАН, ČAVU; Reprinted Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag, 2008
  • Starosta, Manfred (1999), “mama”, in Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch (in German), Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag

Maguindanao[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ma- and ama.

Adjective[edit]

mama

  1. male

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. a male

Maquiritari[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. (De'kwana dialect) first-person possessed form of

Maranao[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ma- and ama.

Adjective[edit]

mama

  1. male

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. a male

Martuthunira[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. paternal uncle (one’s father’s brother)

References[edit]

  • Dench, Alan Charles. 1995. Martuthunira: A Language of the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. Series C-125.

Mauritian Creole[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French maman

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother

Etymology 2[edit]

From Hindi मामा (māmā) and Marathi मामा (māmā).

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. uncle
    Synonyms: chacha, tonton

References[edit]

  • Baker, Philip & Hookoomsing, Vinesh Y. 1987. Dictionnaire de créole mauricien. Morisyen – English – Français

Mòcheno[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly derived from Middle High German muome, from Old High German muoma, from Proto-West Germanic *mōmā (mama, mother), from Proto-Germanic *mōmǭ (mama, mother; aunt, auntie). Cognate with German Mama, English mama.

Noun[edit]

mama f

  1. mother

References[edit]


Nigerian Pidgin[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother

Pali[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

mama

  1. genitive/dative singular of ahaṃ (me)

Panyjima[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. father
    Synonym: papu
  2. paternal uncle (one’s father’s brother)

References[edit]

  • Dench, Alan (1991). "Panyjima", in R.M.W. Dixon and Barry J. Blake: The Handbook of Australian Languages, Volume 4. Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia, 125–244.

Papiamentu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch mama.

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother

Pitjantjatjara[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. father
    Synonym: punari
  2. father’s older brother or close male friend; uncle
    Synonym: mama puḻka
  3. god

Derived terms[edit]


Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Proto-Slavic *mama, itself onomatopoeic of baby's speech.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f

  1. mum, mom, mother

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

nouns

Further reading[edit]

  • mama in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • mama in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mamma. Compare Italian mammella, French mamelle.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mamas)

  1. (human) breast, bosom
  2. (animal) udder, teat

Verb[edit]

mama

  1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present indicative of mamar
  2. second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) affirmative imperative of mamar

Quechua[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother
  2. madam, lady
  3. (figuratively) nest, home
  4. (geology) vein
  5. (mathematics) matrix

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]


Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. definite nominative/accusative singular of mamă

Rwanda-Rundi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *mààmá.

Noun[edit]

māmá 1a (plural bāmâmá 2a)

  1. my mother
  2. my maternal aunt

See also[edit]

  • nyoko (your mother)
  • nyina (his/her mother)
  • data (my father)

Sardinian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mamma, from Ancient Greek μάμμη (mámmē).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mamas) (Limba Sarda Comuna)

  1. mother

See also[edit]


Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mâma/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧ma

Noun[edit]

mȁma f (Cyrillic spelling ма̏ма)

  1. mom

Declension[edit]


Slovak[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (genitive singular mamy, nominative plural mamy, genitive plural mám, declension pattern of žena)

  1. mama

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • mama in Slovak dictionaries at slovnik.juls.savba.sk

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mamma.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mamas)

  1. (anatomy) mamma, breast

Related terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

mama

  1. inflection of mamar:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative

Further reading[edit]


Swahili[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (n class, plural mama)

  1. mother (female parent)
    mama mkwemother-in-law
    mama wa kambostep mother
    Coordinate term: baba
  2. Respectful term of address for an older woman.

Derived terms[edit]


Tagalog[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈma.maʔ/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧ma

Noun[edit]

mamà

  1. a term used in referring to, or in addressing, a male unknown to the speaker
    Synonyms: mang, manong

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈma.maʔ/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧ma

Noun[edit]

mamá

  1. (archaic, familiar) uncle (parent's younger brother)
  2. (archaic, familiar, childish) any relative of the father or mother

Etymology 3[edit]

/ma.ˈma/ from Spanish mamá, adapted from French maman. /ma.ma/ from Hokkien 媽媽. /ˈma.ma/ from English mama / momma.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (masculine papa)

  1. (colloquial, familiar, childish) mum, mom
    Synonyms: ma, ina, nanay, inay, nay, inang, nanang

Etymology 4[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ma.ˈmaʔ/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧ma

Noun[edit]

mamâ

  1. betelnut chewing
Related terms[edit]

Tetum[edit]

Verb[edit]

mama

  1. to chew betel

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English mama.

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother
    Antonym: papa

Derived terms[edit]

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Tumbuka[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama 1a (plural ŵamama 2)

  1. mother, mom

Coordinate terms[edit]


Turkish[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama (definite accusative mamayı, plural mamalar)

  1. baby food
  2. food (in child's language)

Declension[edit]

Inflection
Nominative mama
Definite accusative mamayı
Singular Plural
Nominative mama mamalar
Definite accusative mamayı mamaları
Dative mamaya mamalara
Locative mamada mamalarda
Ablative mamadan mamalardan
Genitive mamanın mamaların
Possessive forms
Nominative
Singular Plural
1st singular mamam mamalarım
2nd singular maman mamaların
3rd singular maması mamaları
1st plural mamamız mamalarımız
2nd plural mamanız mamalarınız
3rd plural mamaları mamaları
Definite accusative
Singular Plural
1st singular mamamı mamalarımı
2nd singular mamanı mamalarını
3rd singular mamasını mamalarını
1st plural mamamızı mamalarımızı
2nd plural mamanızı mamalarınızı
3rd plural mamalarını mamalarını
Dative
Singular Plural
1st singular mamama mamalarıma
2nd singular mamana mamalarına
3rd singular mamasına mamalarına
1st plural mamamıza mamalarımıza
2nd plural mamanıza mamalarınıza
3rd plural mamalarına mamalarına
Locative
Singular Plural
1st singular mamamda mamalarımda
2nd singular mamanda mamalarında
3rd singular mamasında mamalarında
1st plural mamamızda mamalarımızda
2nd plural mamanızda mamalarınızda
3rd plural mamalarında mamalarında
Ablative
Singular Plural
1st singular mamamdan mamalarımdan
2nd singular mamandan mamalarından
3rd singular mamasından mamalarından
1st plural mamamızdan mamalarımızdan
2nd plural mamanızdan mamalarınızdan
3rd plural mamalarından mamalarından
Genitive
Singular Plural
1st singular mamamın mamalarımın
2nd singular mamanın mamalarının
3rd singular mamasının mamalarının
1st plural mamamızın mamalarımızın
2nd plural mamanızın mamalarınızın
3rd plural mamalarının mamalarının

Upper Sorbian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama f (diminutive mamička or mamimka)

  1. mama, mommy, mum

Declension[edit]

Related terms[edit]


Venda[edit]

Verb[edit]

mama

  1. to suck

Venetian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mamma. Compare Italian mamma.

Noun[edit]

mama f (plural mame)

  1. mother
  2. mum, mummy

Wanyi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Guugu Yimidhirr mayi.

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. (vegetable-based) food

References[edit]

  • Mary Laughren, Rob Pensalfini, Tom Mylne, Accounting for verb-initial order in an Australian language, in Verb First: On the syntax of verb-initial languages (2005)

West Makian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mama

  1. mother
    Synonym: mamu

Usage notes[edit]

The terms mama and mamu are used for referring to a mother, whereas the term yaya is used for addressing one's mother.

References[edit]

  • Clemens Voorhoeve (1982) The Makian languages and their neighbours[1], Pacific linguistics

Yoruba[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

màmá

  1. mother; a term of endearment or respect for an older woman or female relative
    Synonyms: iye, ìyá, mọ́mì, yèyé

Coordinate terms[edit]