or must



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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for musth

Historical Examples of musth

  • 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.

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 for musth

C19: from Urdu mast, from Persian: drunk
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musth in Science


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