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A plural of beef.
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(Breeds) archaic the plural of beef2
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n., pl. beeves (bēvz) for 2; beefs for 4, n.
1. the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat.
2. an adult cow, steer, or bull raised for its meat.
a. brawn; muscular strength.
b. human flesh.
4. Slang. a complaint.v.i.
5. Slang. to complain; grumble.
6. beef up, to add strength, numbers, force, etc., to.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French beof, Old French boef < Latin bovem, acc. of bōs ox, cow; akin to cow 1]
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