Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A beef; a beef creature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A beef; a beef creature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An animal of the bovine genus, as a cow, bull, or ox.

Etymologies

Formed from beeves, plural of beef. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • X-ref to beeves.

    August 29, 2008

  • I think that's a good idea for a list, jmp!

    August 27, 2008

  • I think you're right, and one can't back-form a singular. A propos, my son, when small, decided logically enough that the plural of my (VW) Golf was golves.

    Similar incorrect back-formations would include knive, wive, dwarve, loave, etc. Maybe I should create them all as new "words" here - one seems to get credit for bad spelling, foreign languages, ...

    August 27, 2008

  • Or is this just an obsolete plural of beef?

    August 27, 2008

  • The picnic and barbecue were to be held around the spring where Broderson Creek took its rise. Already two entire beeves were roasting there...

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, bk 2, ch. 5

    August 27, 2008