Mama: 16 definitions

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Mama means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Mama (मम) refers to the “ego”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly as The Lord said: “Śāriputra, the Tathāgata Ekaratnavyūha, seating in the lion’s throne thus, explained the dharma-seal called Gaganapariśuddhi to these Bodhisattvas, which has thirty-two aspects of entrance. What is this Dharma-seal (dharmamudrā) called Gaganapariśuddhi which has thirty-two aspects of entrance? [...] 19) all dharmas are non-originated from the beginning since they are beyond what belongs to the ego and appropriation (amamāparigraha); 20) all dharmas are beyond what belongs to the ego (mama) and appropriation (parigraha) because they have no owner (asvāmika); [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Mama, Gen. Dat. of pers. pron. ahaṃ (q. v.) used quasi independently (as substitute for our “self-”) in phrase mama-y-idaṃ Sn. 806 thought of “this is mine, ” cp. S. I, 14, i.e. egoism, belief in a real personal entity, explained at Nd1 124 by maññanā conceit, illusion. Also in var. phrases with kṛ in form mamaṃ°, viz. mamaṅkāra etc.—As adj. “self-like, selfish” only neg. amama unselfish Sn. 220 (=mamatta-virahita SnA 276); Pv IV. 134 (=mamaṅkāra-virahita PvA. 230); J. IV, 372; VI, 259. See also amama, cp. māmaka. (Page 523)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mama (मम).—ind A word (opposed to papa) used by cartmen and ploughmen in directing the lefthand-bullock.

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mama (मम).—(S) Mine; the sixth case in Sanskrit gram- mar of asmad. It occurs frequently in poetry. Ex. tyā kṣēma asō mama varā || asēṃ bōlē cintāturā ||. mama mhaṇaṇēṃ To say It is mine; to cry Ego, or say Yes. 2 To confess or own: also to consent or agree to.

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māma (माम).—m (Imit.) A term amongst children for the mother's breast; also n for the daily meal.

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māmā (मामा).—m (māmaka S) A maternal uncle. 2 A respectful compellation for the father of one's wife; also for a male person in general. Pr. kāmāpuratā māmā My dear friend--as long as I want your service. 3 A term of abuse for a person unlettered and unversed in business. 4 A facetious name at night for a rat. (Use at night of the plain name is held to be unlucky.)

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

mama (मम).—pro Mine.

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māmā (मामा).—m A maternal uncle. A respectful compellation for the father of one's wife.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mama (मम).—(Gen. sing. of asmād the first personal pronoun) My, mine.

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Māma (माम).—a. (- f.)

1) My, mine.

2) Dear friend.

3) Uncle (used in voc.).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mama (मम).—[ and mamama, nt., read amama, q.v.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mama (मम).—Ind. The genitive singular of the first personal pronoun.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Māma (माम).—i. e. mama, gen. sing. of asmad, + a, adj. Mine, [Pañcatantra] 98, 13; dear, 50, 12; 16; 51, 13; 23; 52, 4, etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Māma (माम).—[masculine] only [vocative] in confidential address = uncle.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Mama (मम):—[genitive case] sg. of 1st [person] [pronoun] in [compound]

2) Māma (माम):—m. ([from] mama [literally], ‘belonging to mine’) dear friend, uncle (only in [vocative case] sg. as a term of affection among animals in fables), [Pañcatantra] (cf. tāta, mātula etc.)

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Mamā (ममा) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Mamā.

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Mama in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Māmā (मामा):—(nm) maternal uncle; also [māmūṃ] (generally used by Muslims); ~[] maternal aunt.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Mamā (ममा) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Mamā.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Mama (ಮಮ):—[pronoun] that or those belonging to me.

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Mama (ಮಮ):—[noun] a term used to mean 'this has my concurrence', 'I agree to this', etc.

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Māma (ಮಾಮ):—

1) [noun] a brother of one’s mother; a maternal uncle.

2) [noun] the father of one’s wife or husband; father-in-law.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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