- 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
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Examples from the Web 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
C19: from Urdu mast, from Persian: drunk
- An annual period of heightened aggressiveness and sexual activity in male elephants.
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