oestrus

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See also: Oestrus and œstrus

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin oestrus (gadfly, sting, frenzy), from Ancient Greek οἶστρος (oîstros), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eys-, used to form words denoting passion; see also Latin īra (anger), Lithuanian aistra (violent passion), Avestan 𐬀𐬈𐬯𐬨𐬀(aesma, anger).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈiːstɹəs/
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Noun[edit]

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. (biology) 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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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek οἶστρος (oîstros).

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Noun[edit]

oestrus m (genitive oestrī); second declension

  1. gadfly

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative oestrus oestrī
Genitive oestrī oestrōrum
Dative oestrō oestrīs
Accusative oestrum oestrōs
Ablative oestrō oestrīs
Vocative oestre oestrī

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  • Catalan: estre
  • English: oestrus, estrus
  • French: œstre
  • Italian: estro
  • Middle French: oestrus
  • Piedmontese: estro
  • Portuguese: estro
  • Spanish: estro

References[edit]

  • oestrus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • oestrus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • oestrus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • oestrus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers