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beaver “on—With his,” 1 HENRY IV., iv. 1. 104 ; “through a rusty beaver peeps,” HENRY V., iv. 2. 44 ; “I cleft his beaver,” 3 HENRY VI., i. 1. 12 ; “is my beaver easier,” RICHARD III., v. 3. 50 ; “in a gold beaver,” TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, i. 3. 296 ; “his beaver up,” HAMLET, i. 2. 229 ; “their beavers down,” 2 HENRY IV., iv. 1. 120. “The beaver of a helmet is frequently used by writers, improperly enough, to express the helmet itself. It is in reality the lower part of it, adapted to the purpose of giving the wearer [by raising it up] an opportunity of taking breath when oppressed with heat, or, without putting off the helmet, of taking his repast” (DOUCE) .

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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 4.1
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