Beaver skin
Beaver Bea"ver, n. [OE. bever, AS. beofer, befer; akin to D. bever, OHG. bibar, G. biber, Sw. b["a]fver, Dan. b[ae]ver, Lith. bebru, Russ. bobr', Gael. beabhar, Corn. befer, L. fiber, and Skr. babhrus large ichneumon; also as an adj., brown, the animal being probably named from its color. [root]253. See {Brown}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) An amphibious rodent, of the genus {Castor}. [1913 Webster]

Note: It has palmated hind feet, and a broad, flat tail. It is remarkable for its ingenuity in constructing its lodges or ``houses,'' and dams across streams. It is 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 fiber}, and the American is generally considered a variety of this, although sometimes called {Castor Canadensis}. [1913 Webster]

2. The fur of the beaver. [1913 Webster]

3. A hat, formerly made of the fur of the beaver, but now usually of silk. [1913 Webster]

A brown beaver slouched over his eyes. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

4. Beaver cloth, a heavy felted woolen cloth, used chiefly for making overcoats. [1913 Webster]

5. A man's beard. [PJC]

6. The hair on a woman's pubic area; -- vulgar. [vulgar slang] [PJC]

7. A woman; -- vulgar and offensive. [vulgar slang] [PJC]

8. A person who works enthusiastically and diligently; -- used especially in the phrase {eager beaver}. [informal] [PJC]

{Beaver rat} (Zo["o]l.), an aquatic ratlike quadruped of Tasmania ({Hydromys chrysogaster}).

{Beaver skin}, the furry skin of the beaver.

{Bank beaver}. See under 1st {Bank}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Beaver — Bea ver, n. [OE. bever, AS. beofer, befer; akin to D. bever, OHG. bibar, G. biber, Sw. b[ a]fver, Dan. b[ae]ver, Lith. bebru, Russ. bobr , Gael. beabhar, Corn. befer, L. fiber, and Skr. babhrus large ichneumon; also as an adj., brown, the animal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beaver rat — Beaver Bea ver, n. [OE. bever, AS. beofer, befer; akin to D. bever, OHG. bibar, G. biber, Sw. b[ a]fver, Dan. b[ae]ver, Lith. bebru, Russ. bobr , Gael. beabhar, Corn. befer, L. fiber, and Skr. babhrus large ichneumon; also as an adj., brown, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skin — skinlike, adj. /skin/, n., v., skinned, skinning, adj. n. 1. the external covering or integument of an animal body, esp. when soft and flexible. 2. such an integument stripped from the body of an animal, esp. a small animal; pelt: a beaver skin.… …   Universalium

  • skin — [[t]skɪn[/t]] n. v. skinned, skin•ning, adj. 1) anat. zool. the external covering or integument of an animal body, esp. when soft and flexible 2) such an integument stripped from the body of an animal, esp. a small animal; pelt: a beaver… …   From formal English to slang

  • Beaver — 14th century on. beaver skin hat …   Medieval glossary

  • Beaver hat — 14th century on. beaver skin hat …   Medieval glossary

  • beaver — beaver1 beaverlike, beaverish, adj. /bee veuhr/, n., pl. beavers, (esp. collectively) beaver for 1; v. n. 1. a large, amphibious rodent of the genus Castor, having sharp incisors, webbed hind feet, and a flattened tail, noted for its ability to… …   Universalium

  • Bank beaver — Beaver Bea ver, n. [OE. bever, AS. beofer, befer; akin to D. bever, OHG. bibar, G. biber, Sw. b[ a]fver, Dan. b[ae]ver, Lith. bebru, Russ. bobr , Gael. beabhar, Corn. befer, L. fiber, and Skr. babhrus large ichneumon; also as an adj., brown, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Made Beaver — The type of currency used by the Hudson s Bay Company in British North America. The term Made Beaver was related to the quality of the fur that was brought in for trade. For example, if you brought in a very fine quality beaver skin it would be… …   Wikipedia

  • made-beaver — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : a unit of value equivalent to the value of one beaver skin used in the early days of the Canadian fur trade 2. : a token representing the value of a made beaver called also beaver …   Useful english dictionary

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