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Gender SpecificPlay
Beard usually refers to men; women with facial hair use different terms. SlideHe grew his beard for No-Shave November.
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Cultural SignificancePlay
Beards can signify maturity, wisdom, or religious belief in different cultures. SlideIn many cultures, a full beard is a sign of adulthood.
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Not Always LiteralPlay
Sometimes 'beard' is used metaphorically to suggest someone is hiding something. SlideHe put on a beard of toughness, but was actually quite sensitive.