beavers; beavering; beavered

A beaver is a water- and land-dwelling animal with a very broad tail, short fur, and prominent front teeth. Beavers are famous for their ability to build dams across rivers and streams.

Beavers are actually rodents, so they are related to mice and rats, though they're much larger. Their long teeth make it possible for them to chew through even broad tree trunks, felling them across bodies of water to create dams. This provides the beavers with a safe home or lodge, protected by the ponds they've created and usually accessible only underwater. The word beaver has a Proto-Indo-European root that means "brown" or "bright."

Definitions of beaver
  1. noun
    large semiaquatic rodent with webbed hind feet and a broad flat tail; construct complex dams and underwater lodges
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    Castor fiber, Old World beaver
    a European variety of beaver
    Castor canadensis, New World beaver
    a variety of beaver found in almost all areas of North America except Florida
    type of:
    gnawer, rodent
    relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
  2. noun
    the soft brown fur of the beaver
    synonyms: beaver fur
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    type of:
    fur, pelt
    the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
  3. noun
    a hat made with the fur of a beaver (or similar material)
    synonyms: castor
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    type of:
    fur hat
    a hat made of fur
  4. noun
    a man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur
    synonyms: dress hat, high hat, opera hat, silk hat, stovepipe, top hat, topper
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    type of:
    chapeau, hat, lid
    headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim
    man's clothing
    clothing that is designed for men to wear
  5. noun
    a movable piece of armor on a medieval helmet used to protect the lower face
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    type of:
    armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, plate armor, plate armour
    specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
  6. noun
    a full beard
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    type of:
    beard, face fungus, whiskers
    the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
  7. verb
    work hard on something
    synonyms: beaver away
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    type of:
    exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
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