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Saturday, April 14, 2001

bevy

\BEV-ee\ , noun;
1.
A group; an assembly or collection.
2.
A flock of birds, especially quails or larks; also, a herd of roes.
Quotes:
In an instant, a bevy of perfumed and coiffed poodles would begin a raucous race from her bedroom to the bottom of the stairs.
-- James A. Drake, Rosa Ponselle: A Centenary Biography
Shortt is a more attractive man, and was followed about by bevies of adoring damsels.
-- Selected Letters of Rebecca West, edited by Bonnie Kime Scott
Origin:
Bevy comes from Middle English bevey. It perhaps originally signified a drinking company, possibly deriving from Old French beivre, "to drink," from Latin bibere.
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