The Word Den has talked about the action of bearding someone, but not about beards themselves.
You never know what you might find in a beard: this is their essential fascination and mystery, as Edward Lear has explained in words and pictures.
There was an Old Man with a beard
Who said, 'It is just as I feared! -
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren
Have all built their nests in my beard.
You can never be sure who is behind all the fuzz, either: sometimes it might even be a dragon.
Or a vulture.
And although you might think you know where beards are to be found, this is a bearded tit.
Bet you've never dreamed of such a thing!
Spot the frippet: beard. This word has been exactly the same ever since Old English times - that's before 1150. It comes from the Latin word barba.