noun (in India and the Far East)

  1. a baby’s nurse, especially a wet nurse.
  2. a female servant; maid.


  1. (in the East, esp formerly) a nurse or maidservant, esp one of Chinese originCompare ayah

“wet-nurse,” 1839, Anglo-Indian, from Portuguese ama “nurse,” from Medieval Latin amma “mother,” from PIE root *am-, forming nursery words.

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