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beaver fever, beaver-fever

Do not hyphenate the expression beaver fever when it is used as a noun.

  • Giardiasis is often called "beaver fever" because an outbreak of the disease in Banff was thought to have been caused by water contaminated by beavers.

However, beaver-fever should be hyphenated when it is used as an adjective.

  • The beaver-fever outbreak made many hikers ill.