What does the word beef mean?

Usage examples for beef

  1. She made me some beef- tea before I left." – The Story of Louie by Oliver Onions
  2. Who is to have the beef tea, doctor, when it is made? – Opportunities by Susan Warner
  3. Indeed, it would be difficult for the English to get along without it, because native beef is very scarce. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis