beeves


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beeves

 (bēvz)
n.
A plural of beef.

beeves

(biːvz)
n
(Breeds) archaic the plural of beef2

beef

(bif)

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.
3. Informal.
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]
References in classic literature ?
The beeves are of several kinds; one sort they have without horns, which are of no other use than to carry burthens, and serve instead of mules.
There are scant crops and few beeves in the borderland, where a man must reap his grain with sickle in one fist and brown bill in the other.