Latin for "nourishing mother". Derives from the full name ("Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna") of the oldest European university, the University of Bologna (founded in 1088).
alma mater (plural almae matres or alma maters)
- A school or college from which an individual has graduated or which he or she has attended.
- A school's anthem or song.
alma māter f (genitive almae mātris); first declension
- (Ancient Rome) mother goddess
- (Medieval Christianity) Virgin Mary