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ama f. (Noun) "proprietress," "landlady;" "nanny"
12th cent. Borrowed from Medieval Latin amma "wet nurse," "mother." From Proto-Italic *ammā- "mother." From either *h2em-h2- or *h2emm̥-h2- in Proto-Indo-European, meaning "mother." The variation between *-m- and *-mm̥- is likely due to deformation in children's speech.
Also the origin of the common surnames Ama, Amo, del Ama, and del Amo.
Indo-European
Romance
Asturian ama, Portuguese ama "nurse," "governess" Galician ama, Catalan ama, Occitan ama
Italic
Oscan ammaí "to mother"
Germanic
Gothic amma "mother," Old Norse amma "grandmother," Old High German amma "wet nurse"
Albanian
Albanian amë "mother"
Hellenic
Ancient Greek ἀμμά (ammá) "mother"
Basque
Basque ama (?) "mother" The word is nowhere in the oldest Basque texts and Proto-Basque lacked */m/, so perhaps a borrowing from Romance.
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