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.
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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
Words nearby beestings
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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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