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Definition of beaver noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an animal with a wide flat tail and strong teeth. Beavers live in water and on land, and can build dams (= barriers across rivers), made of pieces of wood and mud. It is an official symbol of Canada. see also eager beaver
  2. 2[uncountable] the fur of the beaver, used in making hats and clothes
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