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mater

  

      n     (Brit)  
public school slang   a word for mother1: often used facetiously  
     (C16: from Latin)  


alma mater  
      n   often caps   one's school, college, or university  
     (C17: from Latin: bountiful mother)  
dura mater  
      n   the outermost and toughest of the three membranes (see meninges) covering the brain and spinal cord,   (Often shortened to)    dura  
     (C15: from Medieval Latin, hard mother)  
mater dolorosa  
      n   the Virgin Mary sorrowing for the dead Christ, esp. as depicted in art  
     (Latin: sorrowful mother)  
pia mater  
      n   the innermost of the three membranes (see meninges) that cover the brain and spinal cord  
     (C16: from Medieval Latin, literally: pious mother, intended to translate Arabic umm raqiqah tender mother)  
Stabat Mater  
      n  
1      (R.C. Church)   a Latin hymn, probably of the 13th century, commemorating the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the crucifixion and used in the Mass and various other services  
2    a musical setting of this hymn  
     (from the opening words, literally: the mother was standing)  
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