How Did the Beaver Get its Name, What Does Beaver Mean in Welsh, and Where Does the Beaver Come From?

A beaver is an industrious little rodent whose fur was the foundation of an industry that helped create Canada.

At a time in history when knights wore armor, the hinged bottom portion of the helmet was called the “beaver”.

This was because when it was lifted for food or drink it revealed a man’s beard, which is how the word became synonymous with body hair.

The helmet beaver derived its name from the Latin bevere, meaning “to drink.”

The furry little creature got its name from the Welsh word befer, meaning “bear.”

The North American Beaver can be found all over the North American continent.

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