mavis

[ mey-vis ]
/ ˈmeɪ vɪs /

noun British (chiefly Literary ).

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.

Definition for mavis (2 of 2)

Mavis

[ mey-vis ]
/ ˈmeɪ vɪs /

noun

a female given name.
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mavis

/ (ˈmeɪvɪs) /

noun

a popular name for the song thrush

Word Origin for mavis

C14: from Old French mauvis thrush; origin obscure
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