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also 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.]


(ˈbiːstɪŋz) ,




(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]


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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May be associated with a wide variety of complaints ranging from beestings and insect bites with swelling to allergic reactions (conjunctivitis, hives and other skin reactions), inflammation with swelling in various parts of the body (bladder infections are one example), and countless other conditions, again with swelling as the main feature.