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beaver

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noun bea·ver \ˈbē-vər\

Definition of beaver

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beavers

  1. 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 lodgesb :  the fur or pelt of the beaver

  2. 2a :  a hat made of beaver fur or a fabric imitationb :  silk hat

  3. 3 :  a heavy fabric of felted wool or of cotton napped on both sides

  4. 4 usually vulgar :  the pudenda of a woman

Origin and Etymology 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


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beaver

noun bea·ver

Definition of beaver

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

  2. 2 :  a helmet visor

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Origin and Etymology of beaver

Middle English baviere, from Middle French


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beaver

verb bea·ver

Definition of beaver

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to work energetically beavering away at the problem

1946

First Known Use of beaver

1946


Beaver

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geographical name Bea·ver \ˈbē-vər\

Definition of Beaver

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

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



BEAVER Defined for Kids

beaver

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noun bea·ver \ˈbē-vər\

Definition of beaver for Students

  1. :  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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