maiwë (pl. maiwi) is a Quenya noun meaning "gull" (as in "seagull"). Compare with aiwë ("small bird").
Possibly from PQ *maiwê < root MIW (through A-infixion)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"