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Back-formation from beeves, plural of beef.



beeve (plural beeves)

  1. A beef; a beef creature.
    • 1855–1859, Washington Irving, The Life of George Washington:
      They would knock down the first beeve they met with.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for beeve in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)