Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) the soft brown fur of the beaver
  2. (noun, person) a native or resident of Oregon
  3. (noun, body) a full beard
  4. (noun, artifact) a man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur
  5. (noun, artifact) a movable piece of armor on a medieval helmet used to protect the lower face
  6. (noun, artifact) a hat made with the fur of a beaver (or similar material)
  7. (noun, animal) large semiaquatic rodent with webbed hind feet and a broad flat tail; construct complex dams and underwater lodges
  8. (verb, social) work hard on something

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Origin of the word Beaver

  1. O.E. beofor (earlier bebr), from P.Gmc. *bebruz (cf. O.N. biorr, Low Ger. bever, O.H.G. bibar), from PIE *bhebhrus, reduplication of base *bhru- "brown" (cf. Lith. bebrus, Czech bobr, Welsh befer; see bear (n.) for reason for this). Gynecological sense ("female genitals, especially with a display of pu… more

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