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 for Beast royal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beast \Beast\ (b[=e]st), n. [OE. best, beste, OF. beste, F.
     b[^e]te, fr. L. bestia.]
     1. Any living creature; an animal; -- including man, insects,
        etc. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     2. Any four-footed animal, that may be used for labor, food,
        or sport; as, a beast of burden.
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              A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast.
                                                    --Prov. xii.
                                                    10.
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     3. any animal other than a human; -- opposed to man.
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              'Tain't a fit night out for man nor beast.
                                                    --W. C.
                                                    Fields.
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     4. Fig.: A coarse, brutal, filthy, or degraded fellow.
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     5. A game at cards similar to loo. [Obs.] --Wright.
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     6. A penalty at beast, omber, etc. Hence: To be beasted, to
        be beaten at beast, omber, etc.
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     Beast royal, the lion. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     Syn: Beast, Brute.
  
     Usage: When we use these words in a figurative sense, as
            applicable to human beings, we think of beasts as mere
            animals governed by animal appetite; and of brutes as
            being destitute of reason or moral feeling, and
            governed by unrestrained passion. Hence we speak of
            beastly appetites; beastly indulgences, etc.; and of
            brutal manners; brutal inhumanity; brutal ferocity.
            So, also, we say of a drunkard, that he first made
            himself a beast, and then treated his family like a
            brute.
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