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bea·ver 1 (bēvər)
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n.
1.
a. Either of two large semiaquatic rodents, Castor canadensis of North America or C. fiber of Eurasia, having thick brown fur, webbed hind feet, a broad flat tail, and sharp incisors used for gnawing bark and felling trees, with which they construct dams and underwater lodges.
b. The fur of a beaver.
c. A top hat originally made of the underfur of a beaver.
2. A napped wool fabric, similar to felt, used for outer garments.
3.
a. Vulgar Slang The female genitals.
b. Offensive Slang A woman or girl.
adj.
1. Of or relating to a beaver or beavers: beaver fur; a beaver hat.
2. Constructed by beavers: beaver dams.
intr.v. bea·vered, bea·ver·ing, bea·vers
To work diligently and energetically.

[Middle English bever, from Old English beofor; see bher-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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beaver1
North American beaver
Castor canadensis

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bea·ver 2 or be·vor (bēvər)
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1. A piece of armor attached to a helmet or breastplate to protect the throat or lower face.
2. The visor on a helmet.

[Middle English bavier, from Old French baviere, child's bib, beaver, from bave, saliva.]

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