noun, plural bev·ies.

  1. a group of birds, as larks or quail, or animals, as roebuck, in close association.
  2. a large group or collection: a bevy of boisterous sailors.

noun plural bevies

  1. a flock of quails
  2. a group, esp of girls
  3. a group of roedeer

early 15c., collective noun of quails and ladies, from Anglo-French bevée, of unknown origin. One supposed definition of the word is “a drinking bout,” but this is perhaps a misprint of bever, from Old French beivre (see beverage). Still, it’s possible that the original sense could be a company of birds gathered at a puddle or pool for drinking or bathing.

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