Ave Mary
Ave Maria A"ve Ma*ri"a, Ave Mary A"ve Ma"ry [From the first words of the Roman Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary; L. ave hail, Maria Mary.] 1. A salutation and prayer to the Virgin Mary, as mother of God; -- used in the Roman Catholic church. [1913 Webster]

To number Ave Maries on his beads. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A particular time (as in Italy, at the ringing of the bells about half an hour after sunset, and also at early dawn), when the people repeat the Ave Maria. [1913 Webster]

Ave Maria ! blessed be the hour ! --Byron. [1913 Webster] ||


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