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Beowulf

[ bey-uh-woolf ]
/ ˈbeɪ əˌwʊlf /
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noun
(italics) an English alliterative epic poem, probably written in the early 8th century a.d.
the hero of this poem.
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British Dictionary definitions for Beowulf

Beowulf
/ (ˈbeɪəˌwʊlf) /

noun
an anonymous Old English epic poem in alliterative verse, believed to have been composed in the 8th century a.d
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Cultural definitions for Beowulf

Beowulf
[ (bay-uh-woolf) ]

An epic in Old English, estimated as dating from as early as the eighth century; the earliest long work of literature in English. The critical events are the slaying of the monster Grendel and Grendel's mother by the hero Beowulf and Beowulf's battle with a dragon, in which he is mortally wounded.

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