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Vivian

[viv-ee-uh n]
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noun
  1. Also Viv·i·en. Arthurian Romance. an enchantress, the mistress of Merlin: known as the Lady of the Lake.
  2. Also Vivien, Vi·v·ienne. a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “alive.”
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Vivian

noun
  1. (in Arthurian legend) the mistress of Merlin, sometimes identified with the Lady of the Lake
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Vivian

masc. proper name, from Latin Vivianus (cf. French Vivien), literally "living, alive," (see vivid). But Klein says it is "prob. a misreading of the Celtic name Ninian."

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