Small beer, weak beer; (fig.) insignificant matters. "To suckle fools, and chronicle small beer." Shak.

(Beer"e*gar) n. [Beer + eager.] Sour beer. [Obs.]

(Beer"house`) n. A house where malt liquors are sold; an alehouse.

2. One of the yeomen of the guard, in England.

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.

(Beef"steak`) n. A steak of beef; a slice of beef broiled or suitable for broiling.

(Beef"-wit`ted) n. Stupid; dull. Shak.

(Beef"wood`) n. An Australian tree and its red wood, used for cabinetwork; also, the trees Stenocarpus salignus of New South Wales, and Banksia compar of Queensland.

(Beef"y), a. Having much beef; of the nature of beef; resembling beef; fleshy.

(Bee"hive`) n. A hive for a swarm of bees. Also used figuratively.

A common and typical form of beehive was a domeshaped inverted basket, whence certain ancient Irish and Scotch architectural remains are called beehive houses.

(Bee"house`) n. A house for bees; an apiary.

Bee larkspur
(Bee" lark`spur) (Bot.) See Larkspur.

(Beeld) n. Same as Beild. Fairfax.

Bee line
(Bee" line`) The shortest line from one place to another, like that of a bee to its hive when loaded with honey; an air line. "A bee line for the brig." Kane.

(Be*el"ze*bub) n. The title of a heathen deity to whom the Jews ascribed the sovereignty of the evil spirits; hence, the Devil or a devil. See Baal.

(Beem) n. [AS. beme, byme.] A trumpet. [Obs.]

(Bee"mas`ter) n. One who keeps bees.

(Been) [OE. beon, ben, bin, p. p. of been, beon, to be. See Be.] The past participle of Be. In old authors it is also the pr. tense plural of Be. See 1st Bee.

Assembled been a senate grave and stout.

(Beer) n. [OE. beor, ber, AS. beór; akin to Fries. biar, Icel. bjrr, OHG. bior, D. & G. bier, and possibly E. brew. &radic93, See Brew.]

1. A fermented liquor made from any malted grain, but commonly from barley malt, with hops or some other substance to impart a bitter flavor.

Beer has different names, as small beer, ale, porter, brown stout, lager beer, according to its strength, or other qualities. See Ale.

2. A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc.

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