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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A yeoman of the British monarch's royal guard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An African bird of the genus Buphaga, which feeds on the larvae of botflies hatched under the skin of oxen, antelopes, etc.
  • n. One who eats beef; a large, fleshy person; a well-fed servant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who eats beef; hence, a large, fleshy person.
  • n. One of the yeomen of the guard, in England.
  • n. An African bird of the genus Buphaga, which feeds on the larvæ of botflies hatched under the skin of oxen, antelopes, etc. Two species are known.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who eats beef; hence, a well-fed fellow; a stout fleshy man.
  • n. One of the yeomen of the English royal guard, who, since the accession of Henry VII. in 1485, have attended the sovereign at state banquets and on other ceremonial occasions. The name is also given to the warders of the Tower of London, who wear a similar uniform.
  • n. An African insessorial bird, of the genus Buphaga, which feeds on the larvæ that infest the hides of oxen.
  • n. Same as bluebottle, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch

Etymologies

Earlier, well-fed servant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
beef +‎ eater (Wiktionary)

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