The Alternative Chinese Dictionary: 大姨媽

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大姨媽 〈dà yí mā〉 {{zh-forms}} etymology {{zh-compound}} The euphemistic sense was originally a Cantonese colloquialism. pronunciation {{zh-pron }}
noun: {{zh-noun}}
  1. (more popular in Southern dialects) eldest (maternal) aunt (see note)
  2. (euphemism slang) Aunt Flo, a personification of the menstrual period or menstruation
usage note: If one's mother is the eldest of the sisters, her oldest sibling is not reckoned as a 大姨媽 but as 二姨.
Synonyms: (eldest maternal aunt) 大姨 〈dà yí〉

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