Pronunciation: (zā'vē-ur, zav'ē-, zā'vyur), [key]
1. Saint Francis (Francisco Javier) (“the Apostle of the Indies”), 1506–52, Spanish Jesuit missionary, esp. in India and Japan.
2. a male given name: from an Arabic word meaning “bright.”
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