beaver

noun (1)
bea·​ver | \ˈbē-vər \
plural beavers

Definition of beaver 

(Entry 1 of 4)

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

2a : 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

beaver

noun (2)

Definition of beaver (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a piece of armor protecting the lower part of the face

2 : a helmet visor

beaver

verb
beavered; beavering; beavers

Definition of beaver (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to work energetically beavering away at the problem

Beaver

geographical name
Bea·​ver | \ˈbē-vər \

Definition of Beaver (Entry 4 of 4)

1 river 280 miles (451 kilometers) long in northwestern Oklahoma forming the upper course of the North Canadian River

2 river 305 miles (491 kilometers) long Canada in Alberta and Saskatchewan flowing east into the Churchill River

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Noun (2)

B beaver 1

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First Known Use of beaver

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beaver

Noun (1)

Middle English bever, from Old English beofor; akin to Old High German bibar beaver, and probably to Old English brūn brown — more at brown

Noun (2)

Middle English baviere, from Middle French

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beaver

noun
bea·​ver | \ˈbē-vər \

Kids Definition of beaver

: 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

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