OEstrus
OEstrus [OE]s"trus, n. [L., a gadfly; also, frenzy, fr. Gr. ? gadfly; hence, sting, fury, insane desire, frenzy.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of gadflies. The species which deposits its larv[ae] in the nasal cavities of sheep is {[oe]strus ovis}. [1913 Webster]

2. A vehement desire. [1913 Webster]

3. Specifically: (Physiol.) The periodical sexual impulse of animals; the period during which female animals are most receptive to males; heat; rut. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • oestrus — género de dípteros éstridos cuyas largas infestan a veces el hombre prodiciendo miiasis Diccionario ilustrado de Términos Médicos.. Alvaro Galiano. 2010 …   Diccionario médico

  • oestrus — (n.) see ESTRUS (Cf. estrus) …   Etymology dictionary

  • oestrus — (US estrus) ► NOUN ▪ a recurring period of sexual receptivity and fertility in many female mammals. DERIVATIVES oestrous adjective. ORIGIN Greek oistros gadfly or frenzy …   English terms dictionary

  • oestrus — [ē′strəs, es′trəs] n. Brit. var. of ESTRUS …   English World dictionary

  • oestrus — [17] Greek oistros had an extraordinarily wide range of meanings, from ‘madness, frenzy’ through ‘sting’ to ‘gadfly’, and including also ‘breeze’. If, as has been suggested, it is related to Latin īra ‘anger’ (source of English ire [13]),… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • oestrus — [17] Greek oistros had an extraordinarily wide range of meanings, from ‘madness, frenzy’ through ‘sting’ to ‘gadfly’, and including also ‘breeze’. If, as has been suggested, it is related to Latin īra ‘anger’ (source of English ire [13]),… …   Word origins

  • oestrus — noun /ˈiːstɹəs/ a) A biting fly of the genus Oestrus; a botfly. , 2001: ‘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.’ David Lodge, Thinks... , Chinese …   Wiktionary

  • Oestrus — ruja statusas T sritis gyvūnų raida, augimas, ontogenezė, embriologija atitikmenys: lot. Estrus; Oestrus ryšiai: platesnis terminas – rujos ciklas …   Veterinarinės anatomijos, histologijos ir embriologijos terminai

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