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Related to bevy: bevy of beauties
n. pl. bev·ies
1. A group of birds, especially quail.
2. A group or assemblage: a bevy of poets; a bevy of mistakes.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman bevee.]
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n, pl bevies
1. (Zoology) a flock of quails
2. a group, esp of girls
3. (Zoology) a group of roedeer
[C15: of uncertain origin]
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n., pl. bev•ies.
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 sailors.
[1400–50; late Middle English bevey, of obscure orig.]
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Bevya drinking company; an assembly or collection. See also covey, flight, flock, herd, swarm.
Examples: bevy of beauties, of bright damsels, 1725; of conies, 1486; of fair women, 1667; of fairies, 1603; of girls; of ladies, 1470; of larks, 1470; of maids of honour, 1808; of otter; of powdered coxcombs, 1765; of quails, 1630; of renegades, 1848; of roes [six head of roe deer], 1470; of slaves, 1611; of swans.
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|Noun||1.||bevy - a large gathering of people of a particular type; "he was surrounded by a bevy of beauties in bathing attire"; "a bevy of young beach boys swarmed around him"|
|2.||bevy - a flock of birds (especially when gathered close together on the ground); "we were visited at breakfast by a bevy of excited ducks"|
quail - small gallinaceous game birds
flock - a group of birds
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noun group, company, set, party, band, crowd, troop, pack, collection, gathering, gang, bunch (informal), cluster, congregation, clump, troupe, posse (slang), clique, coterie, assemblage a bevy of little girls
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