Pronunciation: (ä'mä), [key]
—pl. a•mas, a•ma.
a Japanese diver, usually a woman, who tends underwater oyster beds used in the cultivation of pearls.
var. of -orama, occurring as the final element in compounds when the first element is a disyllable ending in -r, used so that the entire word maintains the same number of syllables as panorama : rollerama; Futurama.
1. American Management Association.
2. American Medical Association.
3. American Motorcycle Association.
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