mamma

Definitions

  • YOU ARE TO CALL ME MAMMA,' SHE SAID
    YOU ARE TO CALL ME MAMMA,' SHE SAID
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mamma milk-secreting organ of female mammals
    • n mamma informal terms for a mother
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mamma (Anat) A glandular organ for secreting milk, characteristic of all mammals, but usually rudimentary in the male; a mammary gland; a breast; udder; bag.
    • n Mamma Mother; -- word of tenderness and familiarity. "Tell tales papa and mamma ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mamma See mama.
    • n mamma Pl. mammæ (-ē). The mammary gland and associated structures; the characteristic organ of the class Mammalia, which in the female secretes milk for the nourishment of the young; a breast or udder. The mamma is essentially a conglomerate gland, consisting of lobes and lobules, secreting milk, which is conveyed from the ultimate ramifications of the organ by a system of converging lactiferous or galactophorous ducts, to be discharged through one or several main orifices at the summit of the gland, where is the nipple or mammilla. The mamma is subcutaneous, and may be regarded as a highly developed and specialized sebaceous follicle. Mammæ vary much in number and position: they may be 2, 4, 6, 8, to 12 or more, usually an even number, being paired, and may be pectoral, axillary, ventral or abdominal, or inguinal. They are sometimes quite high on the sides of the animal, but are never dorsal. An apparently single and median mamma, as the udder of the cow, results from the coalescence of as many mammæ as there are teats. In marsupials they are contained in the pouch, and may be circularly or irregularly disposed, or of odd number. In monotremes they are devoid of a nipple, whence the name Amasta for these animals. The mamma develops at puberty, and comes into functional activity during gestation. The structure is common to both sexes, but as a rule remains rudimentary and functionless in the male.
    • n mamma [capitalized] A genus of sea-snails of the family Naticidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mamma mam-mä′ mother—used chiefly by young children
    • Mamma the mammary gland:—pl. Mam′mæ
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Reduplicated from the infantine word ma, influenced in spelling by L. mamma,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

His own surprise at mamma's conduct is unqualified by any intimate acquaintance with her character.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
If you were to tell me black is white, mamma, I should think my eyes had been mistaken.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
But though I see the folly of it and the wickedness of it, mamma does not.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
I think mamma is awake, for I heard her open her window just now.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Mamma used to say there weren't.
"Polly of Lady Gay Cottage" by Emma C. Dowd
But the most terrible moment of all was that last look of Mamma and that last clasp of her hands upon the deck of the steamer.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
He had owned her ever since mamma was a little girl, and Fred and Betsy soon became great friends.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
I will be its mamma, and you shall be its nurse, and it shall sleep between us in our bed.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
Were you asking for me, mamma?
"The Two Mittens and the Little Play Mittens" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
But he had not then the honour of knowing your mamma or the family.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Only, mamma Rachael, tell me one thing.
"The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals" by Ann S. Stephens
I wish you'd let me have one just like it, mamma.
"What She Could" by Susan Warner
You belong to mamma and me, and to nobody else in the whole world, Pink; do you know that?
"The House in Town" by Susan Warner
Mamma wouldn't tell me.
"Trading" by Susan Warner
Besides, mamma isn't in.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
She liked to hear her daughter say, "Mamma, do this;" "Please, mamma, fetch me that;" "Mamma, read to me;" "Sing a little, mamma.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
For it would have been too dark for you to count them properly, mamma.
"The Thirteen Little Black Pigs" by Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth
Four-and-twenty, my stomach is empty; Pray mamma, give me some dinner.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
Mamma, I am disillusioned.
"Was It Right to Forgive?" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Then "mamma," he began, hesitatingly.
"Five Minutes' Stories" by Mrs. (Mary Louisa) Molesworth
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In poetry:

Then they made calls with their mamma
And were so very neat;
And learnt to bow becomingly
When they met you in the street.
"A Genteel Family" by Kate Greenaway
And when that other comes to you,
God grant her love may shine
Through all your life, as fair and true
As mamma's does through mine!
"To A Usurper" by Eugene Field
Rock'd upon dear Mamma's breast,
Heaving like the wild sea deeps,
Joy hath brought Mamma sweet rest,
While our baby sleeps,
Softly sleeps.
"Baby Song" by James Avis Bartley
"And maybe I'll find my dear mamma;
And you'll come up, too, by-and-by,
And Birdie will watch for you, papa,
And open the gate of the sky."
"Opening The Gate For Papa" by Madge Morris Wagner
Yet she to one must still submit,
To dear Mamma must pay her duty;
She wonders, praising Wilmot's wit,
Thou shouldst forget his daughter's beauty.
"To A Poet Of Quality. Praising The Lady Hinchinbroke" by Matthew Prior
Mamma, maybe, does not speak it,
But she prints the thought on velvet,
Rosy-hued, with fondest kisses,
When the pink, soft page is lying
Folded closely to her bosom.
"Harry The First" by Marietta Holley

In news:

Mamma D's set to prove it's 'Restaurant: Possible'.
Mamma D's is located at 6637 Easton Road, Pipersville.
Mamma Mia.here we go again.
Mindy and I went to Mamma Mia last night, the show was a blast.
Pocketbook status quo for British queen and Southern mamma .
Sugar Mamma 's chicken salad is suited for summertime.
Mamma 's Planet Earth Children's Book Event.
Native Comes to Town in ' Mamma Mia.
" Mamma Mia," the international smash-hit musical featuring the songs of Swedish 1970s rock band ABBA, has been so beloved it has created history.
Mamma Had A Baby And Her Head Popped Off.
Over the past year though, I've logged a few dozen of them thanks to my role as a guitar sub on Broadway's longest running musical, the ABBA-based Mamma Mia.
Mamma 's Decorating Tips.
Mamma Andersson touches down for her first US solo exhibition, "Rooms Under the Influence" at the David Zwirner gallery in New York.
Jessie J Confirms That " Mamma Knows Best" On BET's '106 & Park.
Mamma Mia, a Star Is Born.
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