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ma

noun [C] uk   /mɑː/ us  
informal old-fashioned a mother: As my old ma used to say, you can't spend what you ain't got. [as form of address] What's wrong, Ma? mainly US old-fashioned a title for an old woman: Ma Johnson always used to bake the best cookies.
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