Meaning of dum spiro, spero*

dum spi•ro spe•ro

Pronunciation: (doom spē'rō, spā'rō Eng. dum spī'rō, spēr'ō), [key]
— Latin. Latin.
  1. while I breathe, I hope: a motto of South Carolina.
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