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Ave Maria

[ah-vey muh-ree-uh] /ˈɑ veɪ məˈri ə/
(italics) the first two words of the Latin version of a prayer in the Roman Catholic Church, based on the salutation of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary and the words of Elizabeth to her.
a recitation of this prayer.
the bead or beads on a rosary used to count off each prayer as spoken.
Also called Hail Mary.
Origin of Ave Maria
1200-50; Middle English; see ave Unabridged
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Ave Maria

another name for Hail Mary
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin: hail, Mary!
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Ave Maria

modified form of the angelic salutation to the Virgin (Luke i:28) used as a devotional recitation, early 13c., from the opening words ("Ave [Maria] gratia plena").

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