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mamma , ae, f., = μα:μμα,
I.a breast, pap, esp. of females, rarely of males; also, a teat, dug of animals.
I. Lit.: “puero isti date mammam,give him the breast, suckle him, Plaut. Truc. 2, 5, 1; id. Trin. 5, 1, 16: “puer in gremio matris sedens, mammam appetens,Cic. Div. 2, 41, 85: “ubera mammarum,Lucr. 5, 885.—Of a man: “mammas homo solus e maribus habet,Plin. 11, 39, 95, § 232; Cic. Fin. 3, 5, 18; Just. 12, 9 fin.—Of animals, Cic. N. D. 2, 51, 18: “mammam sugere,Varr. R. R. 2, 1, 20: “mammas praebere,Plin. 11, 40, 95, § 234: “mamma sterilescit,dries up, id. ib.
II. Transf.
A. A protuberance on the bark of a tree, Plin. 17, 16, 26, § 118.—
B. In the language of children, mother, mamma: cum cibum ac potionem buas ac papas vocent, matrem mammam, patrem tatam, Varr. ap. Non. 81, 4; Mart. 1, 101, 1. —In inscrr., for mother, Inscr. Orell. 2769; 2813; for grandmother, Inscr. Mur. 1134, 3; for nurse, Inscr. Visc. Mus. Pio-Clem. t. 2, p. 82.
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