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Beaver

A hat; so called from its being made of beaver-skins.

Beaver

That part of the helmet which lifted up to enable the wearer to drink. Similarly bever, the afternoon draught in the harvest-field, called fours's. (Italian, bevere, to drink; Spanish, beber; Latin, bibo; French, buveur, a drinker; Armoric, beuvrauh, beverage, etc.)

Hamlet: Then you saw not his face?
Horatio: O, yes, my lord; he wore his beaver up.

Shakespeare: Hamlet, i. 2.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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