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beaver

a large, 2 ft, aquatic rodent with webbed feet, a broad flat tail and thick fur. It lives in lodges constructed of timber and mud. It dams streams by accumulating logs. Called also Castor canadensis. There is also a European beaver, C. fiber.

beaver fever
giardiasis.
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71) An expanding British middle class, seeking to emulate aristocratic manners, was consuming an ever expanding array of goods, including beaver hats.
A beaver hat with a raw edge goes for about $175, or $200 with an edge binding.
At one end of the subject they present a brief history of the European felting industry and of the popularity of the beaver hat.
But the First Minister, who wore a beaver hat at the bash, didn't tell firms about the loan.
The beaver was locally so abundant up to the Middle Ages that it even supported a beaver hat industry, based in Carmarthen and at Tregaron.
in his traditional clothing and returning home in a military outfit and wearing a high-crowned beaver hat with a broad silver lace band, mounted with a two foot high red feather (Figure 1).
To help disguise Ellen, William bought her dark green eyeglasses and a tall beaver hat.