noun, plural bea·vers, (especially collectively) bea·ver for 1.

  1. a large, amphibious rodent of the genus Castor, having sharp incisors, webbed hind feet, and a flattened tail, noted for its ability to dam streams with trees, branches, etc.
  2. the fur of this animal.
  3. a flat, round hat made of beaver fur or a similar fabric.
  4. a tall, cylindrical hat for men, formerly made of beaver and now of a fabric simulating this fur.Compare opera hat, silk hat, top hat.
  5. Informal. a full beard or a man wearing one.
  6. Informal. an exceptionally active or hard-working person.
  7. Slang: Vulgar.
    1. a woman’s pubic area.
    2. Offensive.a term used to refer to a woman.
  8. Textiles.
    1. a cotton cloth with a thick nap, used chiefly in the manufacture of work clothes.
    2. (formerly) a heavy, soft, woolen cloth with a thick nap, made to resemble beaver fur.
  9. (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Oregon, the Beaver State (used as a nickname).

verb (used without object)

  1. British. to work very hard or industriously at something (usually followed by away).

noun Armor.

  1. a piece of plate armor for covering the lower part of the face and throat, worn especially with an open helmet, as a sallet or basinet.Compare buffe, wrapper(def 7).
  2. a piece of plate armor, pivoted at the sides, forming part of a close helmet below the visor or ventail.


  1. a large amphibious rodent, Castor fiber, of Europe, Asia, and North America: family Castoridae . It has soft brown fur, a broad flat hairless tail, and webbed hind feet, and constructs complex dams and houses (lodges) in rivers
  2. the fur of this animal
  3. mountain beaver a burrowing rodent, Aplodontia rufa, of W North America: family Aplodontidae
  4. a tall hat of beaver fur or a fabric resembling it, worn, esp by men, during the 19th century
  5. a woollen napped cloth resembling beaver fur, formerly much used for overcoats, etc
  6. a greyish- or yellowish-brown
  7. obsolete a full beard
  8. a bearded man
  9. (modifier) having the colour of beaver or made of beaver fur or some similar materiala beaver lamb coat; a beaver stole


  1. (intr usually foll by away) to work industriously or steadily


  1. a movable piece on a medieval helmet used to protect the lower part of the face


  1. a member of a Beaver Colony, the youngest group of boys (aged 6–8 years) in the Scout Association

Old English beofor, befer (earlier bebr), from Proto-Germanic *bebruz (cf. Old Saxon bibar, Old Norse bjorr, Middle Dutch and Dutch bever, Low German bever, Old High German bibar, German Biber), from PIE *bhebhrus, reduplication of root *bher- (3) “brown, bright” (cf. Lithuanian bebrus, Czech bobr, Welsh befer; see bear (n.) for the likely reason for this). Gynecological sense (“female genitals, especially with a display of pubic hair”) is 1927 British slang, transferred from earlier meaning “a bearded man” (1910), from the appearance of split beaver pelts.

see busy as a beaver; eager beaver; work like a beaver.

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