or beast·ings, biest·ings

[ bee-stingz ]
/ ˈbi stɪŋz /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the first milk or colostrum of a mammal, especially a cow, after giving birth.

Nearby words

  1. beerpull,
  2. beers,
  3. beers, clifford whittingham,
  4. beersheba,
  5. beery,
  6. beeswax,
  7. beeswing,
  8. beet,
  9. beet armyworm,
  10. beet leafhopper

Origin of beestings

before 1000; late Middle English bestynge, Old English bȳsting, equivalent to bēost beestings (cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German biost, German Biest) + -ing -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for beestings


biestings or US beastings

/ (ˈbiːstɪŋz) /


(functioning as singular) the first milk secreted by the mammary glands of a cow or similar animal immediately after giving birth; colostrum

Word Origin for beestings

Old English bӯsting, from bēost beestings; related to Middle Dutch biest

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Word Origin and History for beestings



"colostrum," Old English bysting, from beost, a general West Germanic word (cf. Old High German biost, German Biest, Middle Dutch and Dutch biest, of unknown origin.

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