Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Any four-footed animal.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    An animal; a domestic animal; a quadruped, such as may be used for food or in labor or for sport
    —Beasts of the chase. In English law. The buck, doe, fox, martin, and roe. Co. Litt. 233a.
    —Beasts of the forest. In English law. The hart, hind, hare, boar, and wolf. Co. Litt. 233a.
    —Beasts of the plow. An old term for animals employed in the operations of husbandry, including horses. Somers v. Bmer-son, 58 N. H. 49.
    —Beasts of the warren. In English law. Hares, coneys, and roes. Co.. Litt. 233; 2 Bl. Comm. 39.
    —Beastgate. In Suffolk, England, imports land and common for one beast. Bennington v. Goodtitle, 2 Strange, 1084; Rose. Real Act. 485.