I. noun (plural beavers) Etymology: Middle English bever, from Old English beofor; akin to Old High German bibar beaver, and probably to Old English brūn brown — more at brown Date: before 12th century 1. or plural beaver a. either of two large semiaquatic herbivorous rodents comprising a family (Castoridae including Castor canadensis of North America and C. fiber of Eurasia), having webbed hind feet and a broad flat scaly tail, and constructing dams and partially submerged lodges b. the fur or pelt of the beaver 2. a. a hat made of beaver fur or a fabric imitation b. silk hat 3. a heavy fabric of felted wool or of cotton napped on both sides 4. usually vulgar the pudenda of a woman II. noun Etymology: Middle English baviere, from Middle French Date: 15th century 1. a piece of armor protecting the lower part of the face 2. a helmet visor III. intransitive verb Date: 1946 to work energetically <
beavering away at the problem

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