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Amah is a term for "mother" in several different languages and contexts.
Another similar word is ima (אמא, pronounced /ˈimä/), the Hebrew word for "mother".
In Chinese, amah ("friend") is often used as an equivalent of the English word "nanny"—the term does not refer to a wet nurse or a servant, but rather, like a nanny, a "friend" who helps a family to raise a child. This is a common profession in China.
- It is used in this way in Yang Erche Namu's memoir Leaving Mother Lake.
- See Ryukyu Island for more information about Okinawa.
- Amah (occupation), a woman who is a domestic servant
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