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From Portuguese ama ‎(female nurse), from Medieval Latin amma ‎(wet nurse, amma), perhaps an alteration of mamma, of imitative origin, or from Ancient Greek.

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amah ‎(plural amahs)

  1. In South Asia, a woman employed to look after children; (formerly) a wet nurse.
  2. In China and Southeast Asia, a female domestic helper.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 20:
      Then one day he disappeared and when Luke called apprehensively at his apartment the old amah told him that ‘Whisky Papa runrun London fastee.’

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