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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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Zoo officials said the animal was believed to be in musth, a period in which male elephants are more aggressive due to an increase in their hormone levels.
Wuthichai, who described Somsak as an "elephant expert," said the 32-year-old animal was in musth -- a state of high aggression accompanied by a hormonal surge -- when the accident happened.
Musth bulls also rub the temporal area on trees more often which lead to swelling due to temporal bursitis (Sukumar, 2003).
You are very correct, in that we can all learn from incidents like Ian's, and particularly enhance our understanding of related phenomena such as musth in elephants.
Ian and his tracker, Robert, had been tracking a bull, and the spoor told them it was in musth, the rutting condition that makes the normally placid males temporarily psychopathic.
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.