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1Alabama (used especially with reference to the University of Alabama or its sports teams)‘I don't think Bama's offence is that much of a threat’‘the prettiest of all Bama lakes’
2(in African-American usage) an unsophisticated or unfashionable person, specifically one who is a native or inhabitant of the rural American South.‘I'm not one of those slow-minded, small-town bamas that you're used to dealing with’
1920s: abbreviation of Alabama.
An Aborigine, especially one from northern Queensland.
- ‘This entire north and eastern region of Australia, known as Far North Queensland, had been the home of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal peoples, or Bama, as the natives call themselves.’
From various north Queensland languages, literally ‘man’.
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