Etymology
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Beowulf

Old English beo wulf, literally "bee-wolf," "a wolf to bees;" a kenning for "bear." See bee (n.) + wolf (n.).

updated on December 10, 2012

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Definitions of Beowulf from WordNet

Beowulf (n.)
the legendary hero of an anonymous Old English epic poem composed in the early 8th century; he slays a monster and becomes king but dies fighting a dragon;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.