Vocabulary: beeves

Tutoring English, surprises arise. The tutor mentions beeves.

Beeves is plural of beef. It can refer to presented beef dinners or standing animals.

I first read “beeves” in Shelby Foote’s The Civil War. I believe he was referring to cattle captured during a raid.


Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

Foote, Shelby. The Civil War: Red River to Appomattox. New York: Random House, 1974.

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