BEEF EATER. A yeoman of the guards, instituted by Henry
VII. Their office was to stand near the bouffet, or
cupboard, thence called Bouffetiers, since corrupted to Beef
Eaters. Others suppose they obtained this name from the
size of their persons, and the easiness of their duty, as
having scarce more to do than to eat the king's beef.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Beef"eat`er (&?;), n. [Beef +
eater; prob. one who eats another's beef, as his servant. Cf.
AS. hlāf&?;ta servant, properly a loaf eater.]
1. One who eats beef; hence, a large, fleshy
2. One of the yeomen of the guard, in
3. (Zoöl.) An African bird of the genus
Buphaga, which feeds on the larvæ of botflies hatched under
the skin of oxen, antelopes, etc. Two species are known.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
You arrived here by searching for Beefeaer
The correct spelling of this word ought to be: BEEF EATER
Thank you for trying out the GreenGonzo encyclopedia. This is an experimental directory and we cannot explicitly
vouch for its accuracy.