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bevy

[bev-ee] /ˈbɛv i/
noun, plural bevies.
1.
a group of birds, as larks or quail, or animals, as roebuck, in close association.
2.
a large group or collection:
a bevy of boisterous sailors.
Origin of bevy
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English bevey, of obscure origin
Synonyms
1. covey, flight; brood. 2. assembly, company.
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  • No bevy of ladies, no merry parties, no pageants worthy of the name.

  • At that they laughed, and said they must choose him a bevy of fair women.

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  • The two Kit had pointed out were, as well as we could judge, the fairest of the bevy.

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  • There was a bevy of girls about her and they all talked at once.

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  • They scuttled into the nearest seats at hand like a bevy of startled partridges.

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British Dictionary definitions for bevy

bevy

/ˈbɛvɪ/
noun (pl) bevies
1.
a flock of quails
2.
a group, esp of girls
3.
a group of roedeer
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bevy
n.

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.

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