Oestrus meaning

ĕs'trəs
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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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A taxonomic genus within the family Oestridae "” the gadflies.
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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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