the first milk or colostrum of a mammal, especially a cow, after giving birth.
(functioning as sing) the first milk secreted by the mammary glands of a cow or similar animal immediately after giving birth; colostrum
“colostrum,” Old English bysting, from beost, a general West Germanic word (cf. Old High German biost, German Biest, Middle Dutch and Dutch biest, of unknown origin.
having a red and swollen appearance: 1920s flappers with bee-stung lips. Historical Examples He was mollified and won by the big, gentle eyes and that bee-stung upper lip. We Can’t Have Everything Rupert Hughes As though she had been bee-stung, Mittie May flung up her head. Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb As though he had […]
a light, flaky deposit found in port and some other bottle-aged wines. Historical Examples And by this beeswing, Mr. Bosky, we guess Uncle Timothy is butler too. Merrie England In The Olden Time, Vol. 1 (of 2) George Daniel But beeswing was a bred stock-horse, she knew the game and loved it. A Tramp’s Notebook […]
- Bee tree
a hollow tree used by wild bees as a hive, especially the basswood or American linden. Historical Examples The switching of the brush against the elk’s dun sides startled the little black bear, who was still riffling his bee tree. The Trail Book Mary Austin When I first catch sight of a bee tree I […]
- Bee’s knees
any hymenopterous insect of the superfamily Apoidea, including social and solitary species of several families, as the bumblebees, honeybees, etc. the common honeybee, Apis mellifera. a community social gathering in order to perform some task, engage in a contest, etc.: a sewing bee; a spelling bee; a husking bee. have a bee in one’s bonnet, […]