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1. An anonymous Old English epic poem believed to have been composed in the early eighth century, principally concerning the exploits of the warrior Beowulf and containing historical and legendary tales about the Geats, Danes, and other older Germanic peoples.
2. The legendary hero of this epic, who slays the monster Grendel and its mother, becomes king of the Geats, and dies fighting a dragon.
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(Poetry) an anonymous Old English epic poem in alliterative verse, believed to have been composed in the 8th century ad
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(ˈbeɪ əˌwʊlf)

1. (italics) an English epic poem, probably written in the early 8th century A.D.
2. the hero of Beowulf.
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