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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bea"ver
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  1. [Zoöl] An amphibious rodent, of the genus Castor.
  2. The fur of the beaver.
  3. A hat, formerly made of the fur of the beaver, but now usually of silk."A brown beaver slouched over his eyes." [Prescott.]
  4. Beaver cloth, a heavy felted woolen cloth, used chiefly for making overcoats.
  5. A man's beard.
  6. The hair on a woman's pubic area; -- vulgar.(vulgar slang)
  7. A woman; -- vulgar and offensive.(vulgar slang)
  8. A person who works enthusiastically and diligently; -- used especially in the phrase eager beaver.(informal)

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.

Etymology: OE. bever, AS. beofer befer; akin to D. bever, OHG. bibar, G. biber, Sw. bäfver, Dan. bæver, 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. √253. See Brown

noun Bea"ver
That piece of armor which protected the lower part of the face, whether forming a part of the helmet or fixed to the breastplate. It was so constructed (with joints or otherwise) that the wearer could raise or lower it to eat and drink.

Etymology: OE. baviere bauier beavoir bever; fr. F. bavière, fr. bave slaver, drivel, foam, OF., prattle, drivel, perh. orig. an imitative word. Bavière, according to Cotgrave, is the bib put before a (slavering) child

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  1. Large semiaquatic rodent with webbed hind feet and a broad flat tail; construct complex dams and underwater lodges
  2. A hat made with the fur of a beaver (or similar material)
  3. A movable piece of armor on a medieval helmet used to protect the lower face
  4. A man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur
  5. A full beard
  6. A native or resident of Oregon
  7. The soft brown fur of the beaver
  8. Work hard on something
Wiktionary
Beavers
  1. An aquatic rodent of the genus Castor, having a wide, flat tail and webbed feet.
  2. A hat, of various shape, made from a felted beaver fur (or later of silk), fashionable in Europe between 1550 and 1850.
  3. (vulgar, slang) The pubic hair and/or vulva of a woman.
  4. The fur of the beaver.
  5. Beaver cloth, a heavy felted woollen cloth, used chiefly for making overcoats.
  6. A brown colour, like that of a beaver.

From Middle English bever, from Old English beofor (“beaver”), from Proto-Germanic *bebruz (“beaver”) (compare West Frisian bever, Dutch bever, French bièvre, German Biber, dialectal Swedish bjur), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰébʰrus (“beaver”) (compare Welsh befer, Latin fiber, Lithuanian bẽbras, Russian бобр (bobr), Avestan 𐬠𐬀𐬎𐬎𐬭𐬀 (bauura), 𐬠𐬀𐬎𐬎𐬭𐬌 (bauuri), Sanskrit बभ्रु (bábhru, “mongoose; ichneumon”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrew- (“shining, brown”). Related to brown and bear.

  1. An aquatic rodent of the genus Castor, having a wide, flat tail and webbed feet.
  2. A hat, of various shape, made from a felted beaver fur (or later of silk), fashionable in Europe between 1550 and 1850.
  3. (vulgar, slang) The pubic hair and/or vulva of a woman.
  4. The fur of the beaver.
  5. Beaver cloth, a heavy felted woollen cloth, used chiefly for making overcoats.
  6. A brown colour, like that of a beaver.

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    Jim Beaver is an actor. He was most prominent from 1972 to present. Jim was given the name James Norman Beaver, Jr. on August 12th, 1950 in Laramie, Wyoming, U.S. Jim is also known as Beaver, James Norman, and Jr..

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    Sir Hugh Beaver was an engineer and industrialist. He was most active from 1931 to 1960. Hugh was given the name Hugh Eyre Campbell Beaver on May 4th, 1890 in Johannesburg. He died on January 16th, 1967.

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    Little Beaver was a wrestler. Little was born in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec. He died on December 4th, 1995.

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    Justin was born on October 19th, 1984.

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    Mike was born on November 28th, 1973 in St. Catharines.

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      White 87.06% 64.26%
      African American 5.09% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.43% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 3.13% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.16% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.13% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Beaver

    • How Popular is the name Beaver? Beaver is the 62,734th most popular name of all time. As a last name Beaver was the 1,665th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Beaver have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 19 babies born with the first name Beaver in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Beaver? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1959 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Beaver first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Beaver is Thursday, July 16th, 1885.
    • What year had the most people named Beaver born? The highest recorded use of the first name Beaver was in 1964 with a total of 9 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Beaver: Your name in reverse order is Revaeb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Vraebe. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Beaver? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 21,640 people with the last name Beaver.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Beaver? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Beaver as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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