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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.
References in classic literature ?
He now took off his hat --a new beaver hat --when I came nigh singing out with fresh surprise.
So, for example, the striking appearance of a 'beaver hat' in American versions of 'The Two Sisters' leads to a long description of the transatlantic fur trade and its deleterious effect on the British economy, and that is why beaver hats are a symbol of conflict for the labouring poor, who were apparently well aware of global economic trends of the time.
58) We do not have good data for domestic British demand for hats, but the rapid development of the export trade in high-value beaver hats was a key feature of the development of the hatting industry in Britain.
It lodges in our minds as a romantic but slightly tedious haze of canoes, beads and blankets, beaver hats, carefree voyageurs, stolid Scots traders, untamed Indians and, of course, the Royal Canadian
I slunk off to the outer corners, as Johnnie was being tossed lizard belts, ostrich boots, and 10X beaver hats by the rabid, half-crazed saleswomen.