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- (archaic or humorous) plural of : cows, bulls, or steers.
- And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep:
- 1638: Herbert, Sir Thomas, Some yeares travels into divers parts of Asia and Afrique
- ...bells and babies are valuable alſo here, and for which, (or one bead of cornelion) you ſhall have in exchange, Sheep (big tail'd like thoſe in Syria and Perſia) Beeves and Buffaloes, big-bond, fat, and Camel-backt...
- 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
- One way a Band select from forage drives
- A herd of Beeves, faire Oxen and faire Kine
- From a fat Meddow ground
- 1726, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, Part I, Chapter II
- …to deliver in every morning six beeves, forty sheep, and other victuals for my sustenance.
2004, Ginger Hanson, Ransom's Bride, page 106:
- "I heard Texas was horses and beeves."
2012, Alan Massie, In everything we say, there is an echo of 1066:
- "In Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe, a Saxon peasant explains that the oxen, calves, swine and sheep are good Saxons tended by Saxons when alive, but turn into Norman-French when they are ready to be eaten as beef (or beeves), veal, pork and mutton."