Droves of chauffeurs, and bevies of pretty ladies in motor hats swarmed like living anachronisms among the monuments of the past.
He saw them settle at last like quail among the stubble, curling up and crouching in groups and bevies, alert heads raised.
Her eyes—the opium-eaters of Stamboul never dreamed of their peers among the bevies of hachis-houris.
Under the round leaves, where the waxen yellow blossoms hung, bevies of wild bees were buzzing.
bevies of swinging bluebells grew in patches among the grass.
After the nesting season these birds commonly gather in “coveys” or bevies, usually composed of the members of but one family.
At intervals of a few feet, were bevies of women and girls, who handed up bouquets and wreaths of flowers.
They are said to keep their convents full of bevies of pretty girls, and to lead somewhat the same sort of life as the Grand Turk.
After all it is not surprising that but three bevies remained of the sixty.
Numida cristata (Chickra), in bevies of many hundreds, range throughout the lower country.
early 15c., collective noun of quails and ladies, from Anglo-French bevée, of unknown origin. One supposed definition of the word is "a drinking bout," but this is perhaps a misprint of bever, from Old French beivre (see beverage). Still, it's possible that the original sense could be a company of birds gathered at a puddle or pool for drinking or bathing.