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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.
A young boy is fearful of beestings, but a simple honeybee explains to him that honeybees, unlike wasps and hornets, simply want to gather nectar in peace.
The important point is that infants who were breast-fed by their mothers from birth had a much better chance of survival, because of their enhanced ability to fight infections, than the babies who were 'wet nursed' while the mother had the beestings, or those infants who were fed alternative foods from non-sterile containers.