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Meaning of virtute et armis*

vir•tu•te et ar•mis

Pronunciation: (wir-t'te et är'mēs Eng. v&schwar-t'tē et är'mis, -ty'-), [key]
— Latin. Latin.
  1. by virtue and arms: motto of Mississippi.
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