I was wondering what the relation is between mother and mammals. I know mammal refers to the mammalian glands which every mammal uses for the production of milk. Now, the word mammal is very similar to Mamma - Mam/Mom/Mum - Mother. I've read about the Proto Indo European origin of mother - but I can't find anything about the link between this and mammals... Anyone who can help me out?


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Your intuition is correct. Mammal is comes from the modern Latin word Mammalia, which comes from the Latin mamma, meaning "breast." Mammal is probably a cognate of mamma.

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