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musth

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[ muhst ]
/ mʌst /
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noun
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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How to use musth in a sentence

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for musth

musth

must

/ (mʌst) /

noun
(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

musth

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