Bevies
Bevy Bev"y, n.; pl. {Bevies}. [Perhaps orig. a drinking company, fr. OF. bev['e]e (cf. It. beva) a drink, beverage; then, perh., a company in general, esp. of ladies; and last applied by sportsmen to larks, quails, etc. See {Beverage}.] 1. A company; an assembly or collection of persons, especially of ladies. [1913 Webster]

What a bevy of beaten slaves have we here ! --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

2. A flock of birds, especially quails or larks; also, a herd of roes. [1913 Webster]


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