E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Pausanias (viii. 24) tells us that the son of Japhet was called Buphagos (glutton), as Hercules was called Adephagus, because on one occasion he ate a whole ox (Athenos x.). The French call the English Beefeaters, because they are eaters of large joints of meat, and not of delicate, well-dressed viands. Neither of these has any relation to our Yeomen of the Guards. (See BEEFEATERS, page 115.)