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1In Indonesia and Malaysia: a maternal uncle or elder brother; the male head of a household.
2Malaysian English and Singapore English. A person of Tamil Muslim origin or descent living in Malaysia and Singapore, especially one who owns or works in a shop or a food stall.
3Malaysian English. A street stall or restaurant selling Tamil Muslim food.
Malaysian English and Singapore English. Of, relating to, or associated with Tamil Muslims in Malaysia and Singapore, especially with reference to their cuisine.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Science. From Malay mamak maternal uncle, elder brother from Tamil māmā maternal uncle.
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