DSAE test file

beast, noun

English, South African DutchShow more English, influenced by South African Dutch beest head of cattle.
1. A domesticated bovine animal; a cow, ox, or bull.
A standard usage in South African English.
1812 A. Plumptre tr. of H. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1928) I. 132They called..horned cattle beasts, the whole family of the antelopes boks.
1993 Pace July 2We darkies are fond of expensive funerals..our bills include buying of beasts, cakes, cooldrinks, caskets and hiring of expensive cars to ferry mourners.
2. combination
beast-kraal obsolete [see kraal noun sense 3], cattle kraal (see kraal noun sense 3 b i). Also attributive.
1803 J.T. Van der Kemp Trans. of Missionary Soc. I. 437In the centre of the kraal there is a large circular area, fenced by trees, cut down and laid in the manner of an abbatis. Into this beast-kraal, all the cattle belonging to the kraal are driven at evening and milked.
1833 Graham’s Town Jrnl 14 Mar. 2They..went to the beast-kraal gate, and my father went to the house.
A domesticated bovine animal; a cow, ox, or bull.

Visualise Quotations

Quotation summary