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[Middle English, from Old French mauvis, probably from mauve, seagull, mew.]
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(ˈmeɪvɪs) or


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

a common Eurasian thrush, Turdus philomelos, with a melodious song.
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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
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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.
In a statement, her family said: "This was an extremely tragic incident in which we have lost Mavis, who was loved and will be sorely missed."
After pedalling into John O'Groats yesterday with pal Heather Curley, 55, Mavis, from Stranraer, said: "The funds raised will help so many people who need it, and that's what matters."
Mavis, who will enter the Guinness Book of Records when she completes the challenge on Friday, wanted to thank the firm for sponsoring her biscuit-filled support camper van to the tune of PS5000.
Claire said: "Mavis is a truly wonderful woman who has given everything she has to provide a safe forever home to so many rescue animals.
Mavis, who hopes to raise PS20,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "I'm excited and a little bit nervous.
Mavis, who rode across Canada 10 years ago, is raising PS20,000 for charity Macmillan after losing her mum and sister to cancer.
The funeral will take place at St Mark's Church Longwood where Mavis was a lifetime member at 1.15pm on Monday 10th December 2018 followed by committal at Huddersfield Crematorium at 2.45pm.
Mavis said "The children have kept me young and the years have flown by.
As part of the famed Staple Singers - fronted by her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples with sisters Cleotha and Yvonne plus brother Pervis - Mavis, still a child at the outset, was at the forefront of the seismic changes which contorted the USA during the 1950s/60s.
Overjoyed Mavis, who moved to Wheate Croft in Tile Hill 60 years ago from Baginton Fields, was one of the first residents of modern Tile Hill.
She joins mum Charlotte, 24; grandma Sharon Toon, 52; great-grandmother Heather Curtlin, 74,and great-great-grandmother Mavis Booth, 93.