Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. The first milk secreted by a mammal, especially a cow, after parturition; colostrum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The first milk drawn from an animal (especially a cow) after it has given birth.
  • n. Plural form of beesting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as biestings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The first milk given by a cow after calving.
  • 2. A disease caused by drinking beestings.

Etymologies

Middle English bestinggis, pl. of besting, from Old English bȳsting, from bēost, beestings.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English bȳsting, from bēost. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And the little old women with bandanas on their heads, who cooked for the soldiers, they outdid themselves: black widow spider meat stewed in horse piss and garlic; beestings on a biscuit, dipped in donkey dung and stuffed in red peppers.

    Life Lit by Some Large Vision

  • So I put him in the cow-house (not to frighten the little maid), and the folding shutters over him, such as we used at the beestings; and he listened to my voice outside, and held on, and preserved himself.

    Lorna Doone

  • Cormo's face and chest were badly swollen with a mass of beestings, and the Centaur was covered in half-dried black mud besides.

    The Outstretched Shadow

  • Her aunt was allergic to beestings, and was presently swaddled from the top of her straw 'brera to the hem of her faded garden dress in gauzy stuff that made her look peculiar in strong light and downright eerie in shade.

    Wizard and Glass

  • A porridge of goat's beestings was made for her, and for meat there were dressed the hearts of every kind of beast, which could be obtained there.

    The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503

  • A porridge of goat's beestings was made for her, and for meat there were dressed the hearts of every kind of beast which could be obtained there.

    The True Story Book

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