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beest·ingsalso beast·ings (bē′stĭngz)
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.]
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(Agriculture) (functioning as singular) the first milk secreted by the mammary glands of a cow or similar animal immediately after giving birth; colostrum
[Old English bӯsting, from bēost beestings; related to Middle Dutch biest]
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or beast•ings(ˈbi stɪŋz)
n. (used with a sing. v.)
colostrum, esp. of a cow.
[before 1000; late Middle English bestynge, Old English bȳsting=bēost beestings (c. Old Saxon, Old High German biost) + -ing -ing 1]
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