[ 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
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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
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Scientific definitions for musth
An annual period of heightened aggressiveness and sexual activity in male elephants.
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