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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Preferably, the selected cow is a cow, which recently has given birth to a calf, and thus produces beestings.’
- ‘One recipe featuring beestings calls for you to leave the kitchen, go to the cow shed and milk the beestings directly into the bowl!’
- ‘Very high in protein, beestings is used in Spain for the production of Armada, a strong, semi-firm cheese.’
Old English bȳsting, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch biest and German Biest(milch).
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