• WordNet 3.6
    • n mavis common Old World thrush noted for its song
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mavis mā"vĭs (Zoöl) The European throstle or song thrush (Turdus musicus).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mavis The song-thrush or throstle, Turdus musicus, a well-known thrush common in most parts of Europe. It haunts gardens and woods near streams and meadows. Its song is sweet and has considerable compass; it can be made to repeat musical airs, and in some instances to articulate words. This name, still common in Scotland, is now rare in England. See thrush.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mavis mā′vis the song-thrush.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mauvis, Arm. milvid, milfid, milc'hhouid, Corn. melhuez,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. mauvis; prob. from Bret. milfid, a mavis.


In literature:

She wants to be with Mavie Chapman.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
He has not the excuse of the mavis.
"Spare Hours" by John Brown
During the chairman's opening remarks the merry old man continued to whistle like a mavis.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Sarah Mavis was just in the slightest degree elevated, and perhaps more than slightly lewd.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
It seemed to Cavender that Dr. Ormond's face showed a flicker of strain when he heard Mavis' explanation.
"Ham Sandwich" by James H. Schmitz
He sang like a mavis oot by there, on the moor at the Deer-Slunk.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
A mavis is singing on a rose-bough.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
It is a good many miles for Mavis at a stretch.
"Under the Mendips" by Emma Marshall
Why, I never asked Mavie!
"A Pair of Schoolgirls" by Angela Brazil
The mavis will sing in the thorn-tree, dewy with fragrance, where Motherwell now stands ... or Anderston.
"Victory out of Ruin" by Norman Maclean

In poetry:

Again the cuckoo called; again
The merle and mavis shook their throats;
The torrent rambled down the glen,
The ringdove cooed in sylvan cotes.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
Bound, rivulets, bound, bound on, and flow!
Sing, merle and mavis, pair and sing!
Gone from the world are want and woe,
And I myself am one with Spring.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Bound, runnels, bound, bound on, and flow!
Sing, merle and mavis, pair and sing!
Gone is the Winter, fled the snow,
And all that lives is flushed with Spring.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Sad is my heart, to no joy-shout replying,
Restless, lamenting in grief never-dying;
Oh, the mavis calls sweetly in drear deserts lone,
But in vain I must yearn for the notes I have known.
"The Death Of The Boar" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
There the blackbird and the mavis doth sing,
Making the woodlands with their echoes to ring
During the months of July, May, and June,
When the trees and the shrubberies are in full bloom.
"The Heatherblend Club Banquet" by William Topaz McGonagall
Is it the mating mood in them
That makes each crystal note a gem?
Oh mocking bird and nightingale,
Oh mavis, lark and robin - hail!
Tell me what perfect passion glows
In your inspired arpeggios?
"Why Do Birds Sing?" by Robert W Service

In news:

Mavis Staples, "You Are Not Alone".
Mavis Staples showed up early for church this weekend -- about 12 hours early.
REVIEWS Mavis Staples, 'You Are Not Alone.
Mavis Staples, Live at the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
Gary Walts/The Post-Standard Mavis Staples performs at the 2005 New York State Blues Fest in Syracuse's Clinton Square.
Mavis Staples talks about a number of subjects including her family legacy, The Staples Singers, growing up in Chicago, the 2008 election, civil rights struggles, and her new live recording.
Mavis Lund and the ties that bind By Shari Otteman Trying to get Mavis Lund to talk about herself is like pulling teeth Trying to get her to talk about her hometown of Kaycee is easy as pie ampmdash ampagrave la mode with coffee.
But one woman stands out MAVIS .
Mavis Staples, Live at the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
The Rock 'n' Roll Vet Plays Santa Barbara with Mavis Staples on September 23.
The Marvelous Mavis Staples.
Video sweep with John Cleese;Mavis Staples/Jeff Tweedy .
There were several distinct Mavis Staples on display Friday afternoon at New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Mavis Staples performs in the Gospel Tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Friday, May 4, 2012.
Mavis celebrated her 73rd birthday at the Museum Park, and one fan even brought her a bouquet of flowers as a gift.