beest·ings also beast·ings (bēstĭngz)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
The first milk secreted by a mammal, especially a cow, after parturition; colostrum.
[Middle English bestinggis, pl. of besting, from Old English bȳsting, from bēost, beestings, from Proto-West Germanic *beusta- (compare Dutch biest and German Biest), of unknown origin.]
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