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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.
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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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But, even in a party too full of bumbling, well-meaning Uncle Arthurs and Mavises for its own good, there must be one inspirational figure to provide meaningful opposition to Welsh Labour's hegemony.
My head was full of Zeros, Kates, Vais, Mavises, Oscars, and Betties--the products of the Nakajima and Mitsubishi factories.
Since the first-person narrator has buried two husbands and is endowed with an active imagination, she walks through her names: "And I, Mavis Furness, Mavis Barwell, Mavis Halleton, perhaps, in a world once peopled with Madges and Mavises and Peggys, the penultimate Mavis, yet remaining, as all good stories satisfy us by saying 'to this very day,' just Alice Thumb, or Ariella, Lokinia, or Maui's sister, or mere Naomi, Susan, Ngaere, Belinda.