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mavis

[mey-vis] /ˈmeɪ vɪs/
noun, British (chiefly Literary) .
1.
a song thrush.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English mavys < Anglo-French mauviz, probably equivalent to ma(u)ve seagull (< Old English mæw mew2) + -iz of unclear orig.

Mavis

[mey-vis] /ˈmeɪ vɪs/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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mavis

/ˈmeɪvɪs/
noun
1.
a popular name for the song thrush
Word Origin
C14: from Old French mauvis thrush; origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for mavis
n.

"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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