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PortugueseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

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

EtymologyEdit

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

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /mɐ̃j̃/
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NounEdit

mãe f (plural mães)

  1. mother (female who gives birth to or parents a child)
  2. (figuratively) mother (source or origin)
    A Ibéria é a mãe da Era do Descobrimento.
    Iberia is the mother of the Age of Discovery.
  3. (attributive, in compounds) whence others spawn, are generated, are copied or stem
    nave-mãe
    mothership
    célula-mãe
    stem cell
  4. lees (sediment that settles during fermentation of beverages)

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Coordinate termsEdit

  • (female parent): pai

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Further readingEdit

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