- a song thrush.
Origin of mavis
1350–1400; Middle English mavys < Anglo-French mauviz, probably equivalent to ma(u)ve seagull (< Old English mæw mew2) + -iz of unclear orig.
- a female given name.
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“The marvellous thing about him was that he played it extremely cool,” Mavis said.
“He pretended he was just going to have the weekend off and made sure the Japanese spy would pass it all back,” Mavis recalled.
“It was a strange little outfit in the cottage,” Mavis said.
The second engineer of the steamer Mavis, for instance, ought to have been his twin brother.A Personal Record
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“Indeed there are and quite delicious”—Mrs. Mavis largely wiped her mouth.
Of course in such a case she, Mrs. Mavis, had had to fly round.
A chilling thought struck him: was this what happened to the crew of the Mavis?The Judas Valley
- a popular name for the song thrush
C14: from Old French mauvis thrush; origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for mavis
"song thrush," c.1400, mavys, from Old French mauvis, of unknown origin; related to Spanish malvis. Breton milfid is a French loan word.
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