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oestrus  n.  
(Zool.) A genus of gadflies. The species which deposits its larvae in the nasal cavities of sheep is oestrus ovis.
A vehement desire.
Specifically: (Physiol.) The periodical sexual impulse of animals; the period during which female animals are most receptive to males; heat; rut.

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"Oestrus" Quotes from Famous Books

... can I learn to do so: it is full of finest things, but it is monotonous, and has that air of being evolved by a Poetical Machine of the highest order. So it seems to be with him now, at least to me, the Impetus, the Lyrical oestrus, is gone. . . It is the cursed inactivity (very pleasant to me who am no Hero) of this 19th century which has spoiled Alfred, I mean spoiled him for the great work he ought now to be entering upon; the lovely and noble things he has done must remain. It is dangerous work this prophesying about ...
— Letters of Edward FitzGerald - in two volumes, Vol. 1 • Edward FitzGerald

Words linked to "Oestrus" :   family Oestridae, heat, Oestridae, physical condition, sheep gadfly, Oestrus ovis, sheep botfly, anestrus, arthropod genus, physiological condition, Hypodermatidae, rut, physiological state

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