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[Middle English, from Old French mauvis, probably from mauve, seagull, mew.]


(ˈmeɪvɪs) or


(Animals) a popular name for the song thrush
[C14: from Old French mauvis thrush; origin obscure]

song′ thrush`

a common Eurasian thrush, Turdus philomelos, with a melodious song.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mavis - common Old World thrush noted for its songmavis - common Old World thrush noted for its song
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
genus Turdus, Turdus - type genus of the Turdidae
References in classic literature ?
Near at hand, upon the topmost spray of a birch, sings the brown thrasher -- or red mavis, as some love to call him -- all the morning, glad of your society, that would find out another farmer's field if yours were not here.
When asked what will be the first thing she does, Mavis replied: "I just want to sit back and relax.
The previous evening, Mavis was leaving work with a firefighter friend and told him: "It's never going to be me.
I find her comments quite amusing and wonder if in fact Mavis is a taxpayer and would she like her money to provide these "travellers" with a permanent site with toilets, showers, power, waste skips, wood and metal recycling facilities, dustbins and recycle bins?
Parents to Linda, 62, and Vicky's mum Caroll, 59, the couple still live in their own home with Mavis being a carer for David who now suffers from Alzheimer's.
Mavis, 75, who lives in Wavertree, says the fairy made her debut back in 1962, months after she married David.
Once the initial shock subsided, 17-year-old Mavis rushed out of the toilets and raised the alarm with an usherette.
This is because Mavis, 78, has been captain of not one, not two, but THREE different golf clubs.
Another Canadian literary luminary, Margaret Atwood, tweeted: ''Very sad to hear that Mavis Gallant has died.
A post-mortem examination has found that Mavis died of natural causes and her devoted daughter may have collapsed with a sudden heart attack.