What is the etymology of the word beaver as it relates to a woman's vagina?
In colonial times it was thought that prostitutes spread veneral diseases through contact with their pubic area, so the women were made "bald" in that area for health reasons. However, their clients did not like that look and business began to suffer. Therefore, pubic wigs, called merkins, were manufactured for the prostitutes. These merkins were made out of beaver pelts. Hence the term beaver. Learned this on a historical tour of Philadelphia.
Green's Dictionary of Slang concurs with HaL's answer, and in addition offers a limerick, which it dates from 1927...
There was a young lady named Eva Who went to the ball as Godiva, But a change in the lights, Showed a tear in her tights, And a low fellow present yelled "Beaver"
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