1) Chiefly an animal of the bovine kind.
1347 son melior best pour son mortuer, Healaugh
1379 Thomas de Manyngham, marchant de bestes, Normanton
1558 to dryve and fetch bestes, Copley. It was also used as a plural, as in the Beast Market in Huddersfield. The ‘t’ is not pronounced and that can be reflected in the spelling: 1566 of yong bease to grasse, Woodsome
1616 20 head of yonge bease, Brandsby
1722 they jointly keep house together ... did increase in quick goods ... young bease and a galloway, Sutton in Airedale.