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See also: Oestrus and œstrus

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Borrowed from Latin oestrus (gadfly, sting, frenzy), from Ancient Greek οἶστρος (oîstros), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eys-, used to form words denoting passion; see also Latin īra (anger), Lithuanian aistra (violent passion), Avestan 𐬀𐬈𐬯𐬨𐬀 (aesma, anger).

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oestrus (plural oestruses)

  1. A biting fly of the genus Oestrus; a botfly.
  2. A bite or sting.
  3. (archaic) A passion or frenzy.
  4. A female animal's readiness to mate; heat, rut.
    • 2001, David Lodge, Thinks...
      ‘It’s the supremely human act, freely to fuck, not because you are on heat, or in oestrus, like an animal, but to give and receive pleasure.’

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek οἶστρος (oîstros).

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oestrus

  1. gadfly

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ReferencesEdit

  • oestrus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • oestrus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • oestrus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • oestrus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers