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BEAS', Beass, Baess, Beese, Beece, Beis', Bease, n. gen. coll. Applied most commonly to cattle and horses; but used of beasts generally and also applied to insects and to body and head vermin; often also with a qualifying word as cattle beas (Ags.2). [bæs(t) + bəis + bis I.Sc.; bis Cai. + bəis, Mry., Bnff., w.Abd., m.Sc., s.Sc., Uls.; be1s Ags. and Mearns + bis; bes(t) Deeside (old) + bis] Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
Beas, cattle — beasts; living creatures.
Sh.(D) 1924  T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. III. 172:
Dir plenty o room, an dir no baess or weemen aboot.
Cai.(D) 1909  D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 11:
We've nee hed muckle luck wi' 'e beis' ony wy sin' Kirsty geed fe's.
Mry.(D) 1897  J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sketches 20:
I've deen (done) a bittie at the buyin' o' beas' in my time.
Bnff. 1932 2 :
Fin I lookit inta the vratch's bed it wiz jist crawlin' wi' beese.
w.Abd. 1797–1881  Mem. of J. Geddes (1899) 34:
He was, therefore, never happy save among the nolt, or, as he called them, “the Beass.”
Ags. 1926 9 :
Laddie ye're scartin' your heid as gin it was fu' o' baess.
Knr. 1891  “H. Haliburton” Ochil Idylls 46:
We've raw'd oor neeps, an' made oor hey, An' towl'd amang the weet like beass!
Edb. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 83:
They mind me o' thae insec's the minister was readin oot aboot the tither Sunday — thae locus' beas' that cam up in a michty swarm.
Gall.(D) 1901  Trotter Gall. Gossip 163:
It's a pity they'r gaun oot o' fashion, for they'r gran' beass, but they'r no gude milkers.
Rxb.(D) 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes an Knowes 1:
Bit fient a steekin bull ti yoke on ov a body, for the bease war mensefih.
Uls. 1880  W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
Beece, cattle; beasts. Also used attrib.
Bnff. 1932 2 :
It's been a sod hairst, an' beese maet'll be scarce this winter.

[For the loss of t by assimilation cf. cassen for casten, weslin for westling. O.Fr. beste, Mod.Fr. bête, Lat. bestia.]

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