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mater

[mey-ter] /ˈmeɪ tər/
noun, plural maters, matres
[mey-treez] /ˈmeɪ triz/ (Show IPA)
1.
British Informal. mother1 .
2.
the backing holding the movable parts of an astrolabe.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin māter

mater dolorosa

[mah-ter doh-loh-roh-sah; English mey-ter doh-luh-roh-suh] /ˈmɑ tɛr ˌdoʊ loʊˈroʊ sɑ; English ˈmeɪ tər ˌdoʊ ləˈroʊ sə/
Latin.
1.
the sorrowful mother.
2.
(initial capital letters) the mother of Christ sorrowing for her son.
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  • They communicate with the meningeal veins and the sinuses of the dura mater, and with the veins of the pericranium.
  • Point for trephining over the straight portion of the transverse sinus, exposing dura mater of both cerebrum and cerebellum.
  • These are begot in the ventricle of memory, nourished in the womb of pia mater, and delivered upon the mellowing of occasion.
British Dictionary definitions for mater

mater

/ˈmeɪtə/
noun
1.
(Brit, public school slang, often facetious) a word for mother1
Word Origin
C16: from Latin

mater dolorosa

/ˈmɑːtə ˌdɒləˈrəʊsə/
noun
1.
the Virgin Mary sorrowing for the dead Christ, esp as depicted in art
Word Origin
Latin: sorrowful mother
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