Beavers are typically referred to by the collective nouns “colony” and “family”. A colony of beavers is a group of beavers living together in a shared habitat, while a family of beavers is a group of related beavers living together. Other collective nouns for beavers include a lodge, which is a group of beavers living in a shared home.
The etymology of the collective nouns “colony” and “family” in relation to beavers is derived from the beavers’ natural behavior. Beavers are known to live in large groups, or colonies, and to form strong family bonds. The term “lodge” is derived from the beavers’ habit of building lodges, or homes, out of sticks and mud.