or must

[ 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.


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Origin of musth

1870–75; < Urdu mast < Persian: literally, drunk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for musth

  • What was it the Mahometan syce the musth elephant killed at Bhurtpore said about his wife?

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

British Dictionary definitions for musth



/ (mʌst) /


(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 for musth

C19: from Urdu mast, from Persian: drunk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for musth


An annual period of heightened aggressiveness and sexual activity in male elephants.
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