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- Archaic spelling of beasts, plural form of
1609, “Everie Woman in her Humor”, in A Collection Of Old English Plays, Vol. IV.:
- Then either for God's sake or thy Neighbors, or both, be smothe, and participate; ist not some underlayer, some she Cammell, that will beare as much of her belly as three beastes on their backes? some Lanthorne-maker?
2007 April 22, “Nonfiction Chronicle”, New York Times:
- In 1585 the British artist John White accompanied a group of colonists to the North Carolina coast with instructions to "drawe to liefe all strange birdes, beastes, fishes, plantes."