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eema

Alternative Spellings

imma, ima, ema

Definitions

  • mother

Example Sentences

  • "My ima taught me how light candles on Friday night."

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

אמא (or אימא)

Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

See also abba, saba, savta, tate, mame, zaidie, and bubbe.

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