bevy

[bev-ee]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English bevey, of obscure origin


1. covey, flight; brood. 2. assembly, company.
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bevy (ˈbɛvɪ)
 
n , pl bevies
1.  a flock of quails
2.  a group, esp of girls
3.  a group of roedeer
 
[C15: of uncertain origin]

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bevy
early 15c., collective noun of quails and ladies, from Anglo-Fr. bevée, of unknown origin. One supposed definition of the word is "a drinking bout," but this is perhaps a misprint of bever, from O.Fr. 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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