Pronunciation: (ä'vā mu-rē'u),[key] 1. (italics.) the first two words of the Latin version of a prayer in the Roman Catholic Church, based on the salutation of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary and the words of Elizabeth to her.
2. a recitation of this prayer.
3. the bead or beads on a rosary used to count off each prayer as spoken. Also calledHail Mary.