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musth

also must  (mŭst)
n.
A periodic state of heightened sexual activity and aggression in adult male elephants, characterized by the discharge of secretions from glands near the eyes and the continuous dribbling of urine.

[Urdu mast, from Persian, drunk, from Middle Persian.]

musth

(mʌst) or

must

n
(Zoology) (often preceded by in) a state of frenzied sexual excitement in the males of certain large mammals, esp elephants, associated with discharge from a gland between the ear and eye
[C19: from Urdu mast, from Persian: drunk]

musth

or must

(mʌst)

n.
a state or condition of violent, destructive frenzy occurring with the rutting season in male elephants.
[1870–75; < Urdu mast < Persian: literally, drunk]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.musth - an annual phase of heightened sexual excitement in the males of certain large mammals (especially elephants); is associated with discharge from a gland between the eye and ear; "the frenzied elephant was in musth"
phase, stage - any distinct time period in a sequence of events; "we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected"
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Treviso coach Franco Smith musth have given his side a rollicking at half time, and they came out for the second half with much more fight in their bellies.
Bull elephants are loners and regularly enter a testosterone-charged state called musth, which causes them to attack trainers and other elephants alike.
Packy's treatment was interrupted when he went into musth, a sexually aggressive period, and he stopped cooperating.
But at the age of 27 in 1900, he developed a condition called musth, in which raised testosterone causes aggression.
As a result, they delay coming into a reproductive state, which is called musth, and as they are never going to be quite as big as their age-mates, they may always be at a reproductive disadvantage," he stated.
First, keep out of the way of an elephant in musth.
Introducing old males to the area stopped these behaviors, probably by suppressing musth, a period when testosterone in males surges, Poole and others wrote in Nature.
menia), musth, testiness, and the winner, ballistic.