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1beaver

noun bea·ver \ˈbē-vər\
plural beavers

Definition of BEAVER

1
or plural beaver
a :  either of two large semiaquatic herbivorous rodents comprising a family (Castoridae including Castor canadensis of North America and C. fiber of Eurasia), having webbed hind feet and a broad flat scaly tail, and constructing dams and partially submerged lodges
b :  the fur or pelt of the beaver
2
a :  a hat made of beaver fur or a fabric imitation
b :  silk hat
3
:  a heavy fabric of felted wool or of cotton napped on both sides
4
usually vulgar :  the pudenda of a woman

Origin of BEAVER

Middle English bever, from Old English beofor; akin to Old High German bibar beaver, and probably to Old English brūn brown — more at brown
First Known Use: before 12th century

2beaver

noun

Definition of BEAVER

1
:  a piece of armor protecting the lower part of the face
2
:  a helmet visor

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Origin of BEAVER

Middle English baviere, from Middle French
First Known Use: 15th century

3beaver

verb

Definition of BEAVER

intransitive verb
:  to work energetically <beavering away at the problem>

First Known Use of BEAVER

1946

Beaver

geographical name Bea·ver \ˈbē-vər\

Definition of BEAVER

1
river 280 miles (451 kilometers) NW Oklahoma forming upper course of the North Canadian
2
river 305 miles (491 kilometers) Canada in Alberta & Saskatchewan flowing E into the Churchill
BEAVER Defined for Kids

beaver

noun bea·ver \ˈbē-vər\

Definition of BEAVER for Kids

:  an animal that has thick brown fur, webbed hind feet, and a broad flat tail, that cuts down trees with its teeth, and that builds dams and houses of sticks and mud in water
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
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