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[muhst] /mʌst/
a state or condition of violent, destructive frenzy occurring with the rutting season in male elephants, accompanied by the exudation of an oily substance from glands between the eyes and mouth.
Origin of musth
1870-75; < Urdu mast < Persian: literally, drunk Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for musth
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  • What was it the Mahometan syce the musth elephant killed at Bhurtpore said about his wife?

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Domesticated elephants are generally very gentle and docile; though males in a state of musth often become very dangerous.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
British Dictionary definitions for musth


(often preceded by in) a state of frenzied sexual excitement in the males of certain large mammals, esp elephants, associated with discharge from a gland between the ear and eye
Word Origin
C19: from Urdu mast, from Persian: drunk
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musth in Science
musth also must
An annual period of heightened aggressiveness and sexual activity in male elephants.
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