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Alma Mater

The term “alma mater” is a Latin phrase that means “nourishing mother” in English. When it comes to education, it refers to the school, college, or university that an individual has attended or graduated from. People usually use this term to affectionately refer to the institution where they received their education. For instance, someone might say, “Harvard is my alma mater,” to indicate that they either attended or graduated from Harvard University.

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