οἶστρος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *eys-, used to form words denoting passion; see also Latin ira (anger), Lithuanian aistra (violent passion), Avestan [script?] (aesma, anger)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

οἶστρος (oîstros) (genitive οἴστρου) m, second declension

  1. gadfly, breese
    1. an insect which infests tuna
    2. a small insectivorous bird, perhaps the willow warbler
  2. (figuratively) a sting, anything that drives mad
    1. (absolute) the smart of pain, agony
    2. any vehement desire, mad desire, insane passion
    3. madness, frenzy
      • Sopocles, Antigone 1002

Inflection[edit]

References[edit]

  • LSJ 8th edition