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.

dates 1347 1379 1558 1566 1616 1722

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