Definition of Beaver

1. Noun. The soft brown fur of the beaver.

Exact synonyms: Beaver Fur
Generic synonyms: Fur, Pelt

2. Verb. Work hard on something.
Exact synonyms: Beaver Away
Generic synonyms: Work

3. Noun. A native or resident of Oregon.
Exact synonyms: Oregonian
Generic synonyms: American

4. Noun. A full beard.
Generic synonyms: Beard, Face Fungus, Whiskers

5. Noun. A man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur.

6. Noun. A movable piece of armor on a medieval helmet used to protect the lower face.
Generic synonyms: Armor Plate, Armor Plating, Armour Plate, Plate Armor, Plate Armour
Group relationships: Helmet

7. Noun. A hat made with the fur of a beaver (or similar material).
Exact synonyms: Castor
Generic synonyms: Fur Hat

8. Noun. Large semiaquatic rodent with webbed hind feet and a broad flat tail; construct complex dams and underwater lodges.
Generic synonyms: Gnawer, Rodent
Group relationships: Castor, Genus Castor
Specialized synonyms: Castor Fiber, Old World Beaver, Castor Canadensis, New World Beaver

Definition of Beaver

1. n. An amphibious rodent, of the genus Castor.

2. n. That piece of armor which protected the lower part of the face, whether forming a part of the helmet or fixed to the breastplate. It was so constructed (with joints or otherwise) that the wearer could raise or lower it to eat and drink.

Definition of Beaver

1. Proper noun. A native or resident of the American state of Oregon. ¹

2. Noun. An aquatic rodent of the genus ''Castor'', having a wide, flat tail and webbed feet. ¹

3. Noun. A hat, of various shape, made from a felted beaver fur, fashionable in Europe between 1550 and 1850 ¹

4. Noun. (non-gloss definition A possibly different "beaver hat" is mentioned by Chaucer in both ''Canterbury Tales'' and ''Testament of Creeside'', and indeed much earlier in Normandy ''Chronicle of the Abbey of St Wandrille'' refers to a hat given before 833 as "quem vulgaris Bevurum".)Notes and Queries Vol. 1 (21) 23 March 1850 Page 338 ¹

5. Noun. (context: coarse slang) The pubic hair and/or vulva of a woman. ¹

6. Noun. (context: now historical) The lower face-guard of a helmet. ¹

7. Noun. (alternative form of bever) ¹

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Definition of Beaver

1. to work hard [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Beaver

1. 1. An amphibious rodent, of the genus Castor. It has palmated hind feet, and a broad, flat tail. It is remarkable for its ingenuity in constructing its valued for its fur, and for the material called castor, obtained from two small bags in the groin of the animal. The European species is Castor fibre, and the American is generally considered a variety of this, although sometimes called Castor Canadensis. 2. The fur of the beaver. 3. A hat, formerly made of the fur of the beaver, but now usually of silk. "A brown beaver slouched over his eyes." (Prescott) 4. Beaver cloth, a heavy felted woolen cloth, used chiefly for making overcoats. Beaver rat, an aquatic ratlike quadruped of Tasmania (Hydromys chrysogaster). Beaver skin, the furry skin of the beaver. Bank beaver. See 1st Bank. Origin: OE. Bever, AS. Beofer, befer; akin to D. Bever, OHG. Bibar, G. Biber, Sw. Bafver, Dan. Baever, Lith. Bebru, Russ. Bobr', Gael. Beabhar, Corn. Befer, L. Fibre, and Skr. Babhrus large ichneumon; also as an adj, brown, the animal being probably named from its colour. 253. See Brown. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Beaver

beauvericin synthetase
beaux arts
beaux gestes
beaux idéals
beaux sabreurs
beaver away
beaver board
beaver dam
beaver dams
beaver rat
beavering away

Literary usage of Beaver

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1885)
"James beaver, curate of Lewknor in Oxfordshire, was born on 28 Feb. 1766. ... At Jamaica young beaver continued during the rest of the war. ..."

2. Bulletin by Kentucky Geological Survey (1905)
"Upper beaver Creek Region. The drainage map of this region and of the preceding one is reduced from the map which is the result of surveys and compilations ..."

3. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, John Singleton Copley Lyndhurst, Henry Brougham Brougham and Vaux (1832)
"Whether managed by Richard beaver the executor, and Rachael tne ... wife's I will and bequeath Rachael beaver and Richard beaver equal shares in the profits ..."

4. The Journal of American Folk-lore by American Folklore Society (1917)
"He had about made up his mind that he could not kill him, when beaver laughed. ... beaver answered, "Get a long pole and put a noose at the end and catch me ..."

5. Mostly Mammals, Zoological Essays by Richard Lydekker (1903)
"THE beaver IN NORWAY HAD not the use of its hair in the manufacture of hats been superseded by that of silk, there is little doubt that the beaver, ..."

6. The Popular Science Monthly (1884)
"Of all quadrupeds, the beaver is one of the most peculiar and interesting. ... Generally, beaver are nocturnal in habits, mild and tranquil in dis- ..."

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