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"Hermana" is a noun which is often translated as "sister", and "mama" is a noun which is often translated as "breast". Learn more about the difference between "hermana" and "mama" below.
hermana(
ehr
-
mah
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nah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (relative)
a. sister
Llevé un vestido precioso para la boda de mi hermana.I wore a beautiful dress for my sister's wedding.
2. (religious)
a. sister
Las hermanas hacen mucho trabajo caritativo en la comunidad.The sisters do a lot of charity work in the community.
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mama(
mah
-
mah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (anatomy)
a. breast
El cáncer de mama es más común entre las mujeres mayores de 50.Breast cancer is more common among women over 50.
b. mammary gland
Conviene castrar a las perras para evitarles problemas en las mamas.Neutering female dogs is a good idea to avoid mammary gland problems.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(mother)
a. mom
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
No llores, Juanito, que ahorita llega tu mama.Don't cry, Juanito; your mom will be here any second.
b. mum
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Mama, no encuentro mi osito de peluche.Mum, I can't find my teddy.
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