Oestrus Definition

ēstrəs, estrəs
noun
Webster's New World

A biting fly of the genus Oestrus; a botfly.

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A bite or sting.

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(archaic) A passion or frenzy.

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A female animal's readiness to mate; heat, rut.

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Synonyms:
rutheatestrusgenus Oestrus
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pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the family Oestridae "” the gadflies.

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Other Word Forms of Oestrus

Noun

Singular:
oestrus
Plural:
oestruses

Origin of Oestrus

  • From the Latin oestrus (“gadfly", “sting", “frenzy"), from the Ancient Greek οἶστρος (oistros), from Proto-Indo-European *eis, used to form words denoting passion; see also Latin ira (“anger"), Lithuanian aistra (“violent passion"), Avestan [script?] (aesma, “anger")

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  • New Latin, from Ancient Greek οἶστρος (oistros, “gadfly")

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