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A·ve Ma·ri·a(ä′vā mə-rē′ə)
n. Roman Catholic Church
See Hail Mary.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin Avē Maria.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) another name for Hail Mary
[C14: from Medieval Latin: hail, Mary!]
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A•ve Ma•ri•a(ˈɑ veɪ məˈri ə)
a prayer based on the salutation of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary and the words of Elizabeth to her, meaning “Hail Mary.”Also called Hail Mary.
[1200–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin; see ave]
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A Latin phrase meaning hail Mary, the opening words of a prayer to the Virgin Mary.
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