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dum spiro, spero

foreign term dum spi·ro, spe·ro \du̇m-ˈspē-rō ˈspā-rō\

Definition of dum spiro, spero

    :  while I breathe, I hope —one of the mottoes of South Carolina

Origin and Etymology of dum spiro, spero


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