besta

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See also: bêsta, bestå, and bésta

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besta

  1. first-person singular present indicative of bestaan
  2. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of bestaan
  3. imperative of bestaan

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Galician[edit]

bestas bravas ("wild horses") in Galicia

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Old Portuguese besta, probably borrowed from Latin bēstia (beast).

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besta f (plural bestas)

  1. beast (quadruped animal)
  2. horse or any other equine
    • 1326, Antonio López Ferreiro (ed.), Galicia Histórica. Colección diplomática. Santiago: Tipografía Galaica, page 295:
      pelas bestas de caualgar et carrega
      for the animals [used] for riding or for carrying load
  3. mare
  4. (figuratively) brute

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References[edit]

  • besta” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • besta” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • besta” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • besta” in Santamarina, Antón (coord.): Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega. <http://ilg.usc.es/TILG/>
  • besta” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega. <http://ilg.usc.es/Tesouro>

Old Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Probably borrowed from Latin bēstia (beast).

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besta f

  1. beast (a non-human animal, especially large vertebrate quadrupeds)
  2. beast of burden, donkey

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Portuguese besta, probably borrowed from Latin bēstia (beast). Doublet of bicha.

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  • bêsta (obsolete, noun only)

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besta f (plural bestas)

  1. beast (any large animal)
  2. beast of burden (animal used to transport cargo)
  3. ass (any of several species of horse-like animals)
  4. (pejorative) fool; idiot (stupid person)
  5. (euphemistic) the Beast; Satan
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besta

  1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present indicative of bestar
  2. second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) affirmative imperative of bestar

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Portuguese baesta (crossbow), from Latin ballista, from Ancient Greek βαλλίστρα (ballístra). Not related to above meaning of Satan (folk etymology).

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besta f (plural bestas)

  1. crossbow (weapon consisting of a bow mounted on a stock)
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