from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An oily, brown, odorous substance obtained from glands in the groin of the beaver and used as a perfume fixative.
- n. A hat made of beaver fur or an imitation.
- n. A heavy wool fabric used especially for overcoats.
- n. Variant of caster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pivoting roller attached to the bottom of furniture to allow it to be moved.
- n. A hat made from the fur of the beaver.
- n. A caster; a container with perforated cap for sprinkling (e.g. pepper-castor).
- n. A variety of petalite found in Elba.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of rodents, including the beaver. See beaver.
- n. Castoreum. See Castoreum.
- n. A hat, esp. one made of beaver fur; a beaver.
- n. A heavy quality of broadcloth for overcoats.
- n. See caster, a small wheel.
- n. the northernmost of the two bright stars in the constellation Gemini, the other being Pollux.
- n. A variety of the mineral called petalite, from Elba.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beaver.
- n. Among French Canadians, one of the party which called itself the national party, the beaver being the national emblem of Canada.
- n. A genus of sciuromorphic rodent mammals, typical of the family Castoridæ.
- n. A beaver hat; by extension, a silk hat.
- n. A heavy quality of broadcloth used for overcoats.
- Made of beaver-skin or -fur, or of the cloth called beaver.
- n. A reddish-brown substance consisting of the preputial follicles of the beaver and their contents, dried and prepared for commercial purposes. It has a strong, penetrating, enduring odor, and was formerly of high repute in medicine, but is now used chiefly by perfumers.
- n. A mineral found in the island of Elba associated with another called pollux.
- n. See caster, 3.
- n. Glove-leather made from goat-skins. The grain of the skin is removed and it is given a very soft finish, usually gray in color.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a multiple star with 6 components; second brightest in Gemini; close to Pollux
- n. a pivoting roller attached to the bottom of furniture or trucks or portable machines to make them movable
- n. type genus of the Castoridae: beavers
- n. a hat made with the fur of a beaver (or similar material)
- n. a shaker with a perforated top for sprinkling powdered sugar
Middle English, from Latin, beaver, from Greek kastōr.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin castor ("beaver"). (Wiktionary)
Named from Greek mythology; see Castor and Pollux. The name pollux was given to another mineral with which it was always found. (Wiktionary)