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(Agriculture) a variant spelling of beestings
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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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Even a marvelously archaic word like "beestings" or "biestings," denoting the colostrum or first milk of a newly-calved cow, is transformed by intentional malapropism into the absurd yet evocative "beastlings." What Muldoon had called "the use and abuse of the English language in Ireland" becomes a lesson to us all in the multiple-leveled workings of language and image creation.