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Postby tcward » Mon Jul 18, 2005 7:34 pm

c.1430, collective noun of quails and ladies, from Anglo-Fr. bevée, of unknown origin. One supposed definition of the word is "a drinking bout," but this is perhaps a misprint of bever, from O.Fr. beivre (see beverage). Still, it's possible that the original sense could be a company of birds gathered at a puddle or pool for drinking or bathing.

Interesting that the original meaning of this word applied only to groups of girls or women, or birds (specifically quail...?)...

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Postby Verbum » Tue Jul 19, 2005 12:09 pm

Dictionaries also give us "a bevy of roes". A roe is a roedeer or roebuck, a small European deer.

I looked up "bevy" in Harrap's Shorter French-English Dictionary. For " a bevy of girls" it gives "essaim de jeunes filles" - a swarm of girls! Bzzzz! Bzzzz! Ouch!

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