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mavis

[ mey-vis ]
/ ˈmeɪ vɪs /
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noun British (chiefly Literary).
a song thrush.
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Origin of mavis

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English mavys, from Anglo-French mauviz, probably equivalent to ma(u)ve “seagull” (from Old English mæw a small gull; see mew2) + -iz of unclear origin

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Mavis
[ mey-vis ]
/ ˈmeɪ vɪs /

noun
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for mavis

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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