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Sta·bat Ma·ter  audio  (stäbät mätr, stbt mtr) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A medieval Latin hymn on the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the Crucifixion.
  2. A musical setting for this hymn.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Medieval Latin Stbat Mter (dolrsa), the Mother was standing (full of sorrow), the first words of the hymn : Latin stbat, third person sing. imperfect tense of stre, to stand + Medieval Latin Mter, Mother (of God)


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