Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Trochilidae.
  • proper n. A female given name, in quiet use since the 19th century.
  • proper n. An ancient name for the city of Granada.

Etymologies

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A medieval Spanish royal name, of probably Gothic origin, and debated meaning. It became famous outside Spain after its appearance in Mozart's Don Giovanni (1787).

Examples

  • Elvira is mostly an orphan, which too many SF and fantasy writers use as shorthand for "I don't want to deal with preexisting relationships for this character," but for Elvira it's the opposite: not only are Carmichael and Betsy important in her life, and Betsy's parents and Nanny, but also the Evanses and the people who ran her school and so on.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • World's sluttiest 'Mistress of the Dark' still pretty hot for age 58: "Is that a wooden stake in our pockets, or are we just really, REALLY happy to see how great actress Cassandra Peterson -- aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark -- looks on her 58th birthday?"

    Happy Birthday, Elvira!

  • One whom I will call Elvira, and we talked of love and Tupper.

    The Book of Humorous Verse

  • The prominent numbers of the first act are the pathetic cavatina for Ricardo, "Ah! per sempre io ti perdei," in which he mourns the loss of Elvira; a lovely romanza for tenor ( "A te o cara"); a brilliant polacca ( "Son vergin vezzosa") for Elvira, which is one of the delights of all artists; and a concerted finale, brimming over with melody and closing with the stirring anathema chorus, "Non casa, non spiaggia."

    The Standard Operas (12th edition) Their Plots, Their Music, and Their Composers

  • Then there's 32 year-old Christa Collins, aka Elvira, whose vintage look is more interesting than her voice.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post

  • Rounding out the cast is Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the dark and

    ChicagoNow

  • The description calls the video a "psychedelic gore-fest," which leads me to remind you all that darling Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is doing Halloween Philly-style this year.

    Citizen Mom

  • Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, will host a 20th anniversary screening of "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark," followed by a gala party known as The Black Cat Ball.

    The Seattle Times

  • If you like movies, you can meet George Takei (Sulu), Kevin Sorbo (from Hercules and Andromeda), Marc Singer (star of Beastmaster), Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira), Ron Glass (Shepherd Book, from Firefly and Serenity), and more celebrities.

    I-CON 25

  • Craig required that no airport-men's-room questions be asked, but interviewer John Oliver still got him to sing "Elvira" and to say, "Every time I'd have that feeling, I'd run, lay down on the couch."

    Friday's sketchiest moments

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