From (etyl) bever, from (etyl) . Related to brown and bear.
An aquatic rodent of the genus Castor , having a wide, flat tail and webbed feet.
A hat, of various shape, made from a felted beaver fur (or later of silk), fashionable in Europe between 1550 and 1850.
* (and other bibliographic particulars) (Prescott)
(coarse, slang) The pubic hair and/or vulva of a woman.
The fur of the beaver.
Beaver cloth, a heavy felted woollen cloth, used chiefly for making overcoats.
- a brown beaver slouched over his eyes
* American beaver
* European beaver
From (etyl) .
The lower face-guard of a helmet.
*1600 , (Edward Fairfax), The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, XII, lxvii:
*:With trembling hands her beaver he untied, / Which done, he saw, and seeing knew her face.
*1819 , (Walter Scott), (Ivanhoe) :
*:Without alighting from his horse, the conqueror called for a bowl of wine, and opening the beaver , or lower part of his helmet, announced that he quaffed it, “To all true English hearts, and to the confusion of foreign tyrants.”
*1974 , (Lawrence Durrell), , Faber & Faber 1992, p.128:
*:As each one brings a little of himself to what he sees you brought the trappings of your historic preoccupations, so that Monsieur flattered you by presenting himself with beaver up like Hamlet's father's ghost!