bea·​ver·​tail | \ ˈbē-vər-ˌtāl How to pronounce beavertail (audio) \

Definition of beavertail

: a low-growing prickly pear cactus (Opuntia basilaris) of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico having large usually pink or red flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web The 783 Varmint features a 26-inch heavy barrel with a black oxide finish, laminated stock with a beavertail forend, an oversized bolt handle, and a Picatinny rail. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The Best New Hunting Rifles from the 2019 SHOT Show," 23 Jan. 2019 The Type B strikes all the high notes, i.e. low bore-axis, light flat faced trigger, wrap around slide serrations and an extended beavertail. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "Best Guns of the Decade," 2 Jan. 2020 That fact that these pastries also may be known as beavertails, shoesoles or flying saucers is what makes this crazy world of baking such fun. Kim Ode,, "We’re all ears for British arlettes, a treat we know as elephant ears," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of beavertail

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Beavertail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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