Definition of beaver noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbiːvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːvər//
    Wild mammals
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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 See related entries: Wild mammals
  2. 2 [uncountable] the fur of the beaver, used in making hats and clothes
  3. 3[countable] (taboo, slang, especially North American English) the area around a woman’s sex organs
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 Old English beofor, befor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bever and German Biber, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘brown’. noun sense 3 early 20th cent.: of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beaver