One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
treated as singular The first milk produced by a cow or goat after giving birth.
- ‘Preferably, the selected cow is a cow, which recently has given birth to a calf, and thus produces beestings.’
- ‘Add 2 parts beestings to 1 part water and stir over a fire or stove until it thickens.’
- ‘Yellow beestings mixed with milk are poured in an animal's stomach or gut and boiled with meat.’
- ‘Very high in protein, beestings is used in Spain for the production of Armada, a strong, semi-firm cheese.’
- ‘One recipe featuring beestings calls for you to leave the kitchen, go to the cow shed and milk the beestings directly into the bowl!’
Old English bȳsting, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch biest and German Biest(milch).
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