or beast·ings, biest·ings


noun (used with a singular verb)

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

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


(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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