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See also: མི, མེ, and མོ
U+0F58, མ
TIBETAN LETTER MA

[U+0F57]
Tibetan
[U+0F59]

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TranslingualEdit

LetterEdit

  1. Tibetan letter ma

TibetanEdit

Etymology 1Edit

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

(ma)

  1. mother, mom

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Sino-Tibetan *ma (no, not).

PronunciationEdit


(Note: mav - before low-tone syllables; maf - before high-tone syllables; mhaf - before high-tone aspirated syllables)

AdverbEdit

(ma)

  1. negates the following verb in the past tense.
    བལྟས་ཀྱང་མ་མཐོངbltas kyang ma mthongHe looked but did not see it
  2. negates the following verb in the imperative tense; prohibitive particle.
  3. placed between nouns to indicate “neither ... nor ...”.
    ར་མ་ལུགra ma lugneither a goat nor a sheep

Etymology 3Edit

SuffixEdit

(ma)

  1. ownership suffix used to indicate the feminine form of a noun.
    ཟློས་གར་མzlos gar mafemale singer/dancer
  2. particle affixed to nouns to add a level of specificity or gravity to the noun.