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[bev-ee] /ˈbɛv i/
noun, plural bevies.
a group of birds, as larks or quail, or animals, as roebuck, in close association.
a large group or collection:
a bevy of boisterous sailors.
Origin of bevy
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English bevey, of obscure origin
1. covey, flight; brood. 2. assembly, company. Unabridged
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  • The beds and the bevies drove every higher form of art out of it.

    Heartbreak House George Bernard Shaw
  • After all it is not surprising that but three bevies remained of the sixty.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • There are bevies of girls—all young, all pretty; and all, or nearly all, bubbling over with hearty and wholesome laughter.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • He saw them settle at last like quail among the stubble, curling up and crouching in groups and bevies, alert heads raised.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • The crowd was pouring in from the cathedral, and bevies of priests, and scarlet choir-boys led by their fiddler.

  • bevies of swinging bluebells grew in patches among the grass.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • Droves of chauffeurs, and bevies of pretty ladies in motor hats swarmed like living anachronisms among the monuments of the past.

    Set in Silver

    Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • Under the round leaves, where the waxen yellow blossoms hung, bevies of wild bees were buzzing.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • After the nesting season these birds commonly gather in “coveys” or bevies, usually composed of the members of but one family.

  • It is generally found in marshes, or marshy ground, and frequently in bevies.

British Dictionary definitions for bevies


noun (pl) bevies
a flock of quails
a group, esp of girls
a group of roedeer
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bevies



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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