Beowulf

[bey-uh-woolf]
noun
1.
(italics) an English alliterative epic poem, probably written in the early 8th century a.d.
2.
the hero of this poem.
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Beowulf (ˈbeɪəˌwʊlf)
 
n
an anonymous Old English epic poem in alliterative verse, believed to have been composed in the 8th century a.d

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Beowulf
O.E. beo wulf, lit. "bee-wolf," "a wolf to bees;" a kenning for "bear."
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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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