beestings [bēs′tiŋz]
[ME bestinge < OE bysting < beost, beestings]
[often with sing. v.] colostrum, esp. that of a cow

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  • Beestings — Beest ings, n. Same as {Biestings}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beestings — colostrum, O.E. bysting, from beost, a general West Germanic word (Cf. O.H.G. biost, Ger. Biest, M.Du., Du. biest, of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • beestings — or beastings noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: Middle English bestynge, from Old English bȳsting, from bēost beestings; akin to Old High German biost beestings Date: before 12th century the colostrum especially of a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Beestings — Biestings Biest ings, Beestings Beest ings, n. pl. [OE. bestynge, AS. b[=y]sting, fr. b[=y]st, beost; akin to D. biest, OHG. biost, G. biest; of unknown origin.] The first milk given by a cow after calving. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] The thick and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beestings — /bee stingz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the first milk or colostrum of a mammal, esp. a cow, after giving birth. Also, beastings, biestings. [bef. 1000; late ME bestynge, OE bysting, equiv. to beost beestings (c. OS, OHG biost, G Biest) + ing… …   Universalium

  • beestings — noun /ˈbiːstɪŋz/ The first milk drawn from an animal (especially a cow) after it has given birth. He took a jug of ‘beestings’ milk from the press, the milk of a cow that has recently calved, and drank it down in six big gulps. Syn: beest,… …   Wiktionary

  • beestings — beest•ings or beastings [[t]ˈbi stɪŋz[/t]] n. (used with a sing. v.) ahb. colostrum, esp. of a cow • Etymology: bef. 1000; late ME bestynge, OE bȳsting=bēost beestings (c. OOHG biost) + ing ing …   From formal English to slang

  • beestings — /ˈbistɪŋz/ (say beestingz) plural noun colostrum, especially of a cow. Also, beastings, biestings. {Middle English, Old English bȳsting, from bēost beestings} …  

  • beestings — Mawdesley Glossary the first milk of a cow after calving used to make custard pies, and custards …   English dialects glossary

  • beestings — beest·ings || biːstɪŋz n. first milk given by cow after calving …   English contemporary dictionary

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