oestrus

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From the Latin oestrus (gadfly”, “sting”, “frenzy), from the Ancient Greek οἶστρος (oistros), from Proto-Indo-European *eis, used to form words denoting passion; see also Latin ira (anger), Lithuanian aistra (violent passion), Avestan [script?] (aesma, anger)

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oestrus (plural oestruses)

  1. A biting fly of the genus Oestrus; a botfly.
  2. A bite or sting.
  3. (archaic) A passion or frenzy.
  4. A female animal's readiness to mate; heat, rut.
    • 2001, David Lodge, Thinks...
      ‘It’s the supremely human act, freely to fuck, not because you are on heat, or in oestrus, like an animal, but to give and receive pleasure.’

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