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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Her eyes—the opium-eaters of Stamboul never dreamed of their peers among the bevies of hachis-houris.

    Guy Livingstone; George A. Lawrence
  • Under the round leaves, where the waxen yellow blossoms hung, bevies of wild bees were buzzing.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • bevies of swinging bluebells grew in patches among the grass.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • 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.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • 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.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Numida cristata (Chickra), in bevies of many hundreds, range throughout the lower country.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
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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