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World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
61 words

Large rodent with brown to black fur, webbed hind feet, and a broad tail; it lives in streams and lakes

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian History

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
301 words

This large rodent of the quiet waters of deciduous woodlands is characterized by its broad flat tail for swimming and

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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
Length:
940 words

The importance of the beaver is best highlighted by its being both the official animal emblem of Canada and the

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006

the beaver is often taken as a type of industry, from its habit of gnawing through tree-trunks to make dams. Recorded from Old English (in form ...

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The Encyclopedia of Mammals (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
2,709 words
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4

Few wild animals have had as great an influence on the world's history and economics as the beaver. Exploration of

clothing

clothing  

What one wears is taken by others as an essential signal of status. The proverb is recorded in English from the early 15th century, but an earlier saying in classical Greek is, ‘the man is his ...
eager beaver

eager beaver  

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A keen and enthusiastic person who works very hard. The phrase is of North American origin, and is recorded from the mid 20th century, but the beaver has proverbially been taken as a type of industry.
Fur Trade.

Fur Trade.  

Animal pelts have probably been exchanged in North America since the beginning of human habitation, but large-scale fur trade began only after the arrival of Europeans. As the Eastern Hemisphere's ...

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