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  1. (archaic) plural of beast
    • 1609, “Everie Woman in her Humor”, in A Collection Of Old English Plays, Vol. IV.[1]:
      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”, in New York Times[2]:
      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."