beefeater

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Etymology[edit]

beef +‎ eater

Noun[edit]

beefeater (plural beefeaters)

  1. An African bird of the genus Buphagus, which feeds on the larvae of botflies hatched under the skin of oxen, antelopes, etc.
  2. (obsolete) One who eats beef; a large, fleshy person; a well-fed servant.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.