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oestrous

Definition:

of lower mammals, showing or in a state of estrus; in heat

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

oestrus

Comparative:

more oestrous

Superlative:

most oestrous

Similar to:

monestrous | polyestrous

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

estral [American/Canadian spelling] | estrous [American/Canadian spelling] | oestral [British spelling]

Etymology:

from Latin oestrus gadfly, hence frenzy, from Greek oistros
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Estrous cycle | oestrous cycle | oestrus

comprises the recurring physiologic changes that are induced by reproductive hormones in most mammalian therian females. Estrous cycles start after puberty in sexually mature females and are interrupted by anestrous phases or pregnancies. Typically, ... (34 of 2510 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Estrous cycle

Collins Dictionary:

oestrous | oestrus | estrus [United States] | estrum [United States] | heat [synonym, sense-specific] | oestral [derived] | estral [adjective, derived]

relatinɡ to the regularly occurring period of sexual receptivity in most ... | a regularly occurring period of sexual receptivity in most female ... (22 of 250 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/oestrous

Oxford Dictionary:

oestrus | estrus [United States] | heat [synonym] | oestrous [derived]

a recurring period of sexual receptivity and fertility in many female mammals; heat (13 of 50 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/oestrus

Random House Dictionary:

estrous | estral | oestrous

pertaining to or involving the estrus. (6 of 12 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/estrous

New World Dictionary:

estrous | oestrous [British]

of, or having the characteristics of, estrus (7 of 12 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/estrous

Wiktionary:

estrous | estral/oestral [synonym] | estral [British] | oestrous [British]

Of, pertaining to, or in a state of estrus (9 of 10 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/estrous

Merriam-Webster:

estrous | estrual [estrous]

of, relating to, or characteristic of estrus | being in heat (10 of 23 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/estrous

American Heritage Dictionary:

estrous | estral

Of, relating to, or being in estrus. (7 of 10 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/estrous

Britannica Encyclopedia:

estrus [reproductive cycle] | Oestrus

the period in the sexual cycle of female mammals, except the higher primates, during which they are in heat--i.e., ready to accept a male and to mate. ... (28 of 158 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/193725​/estrus

Macmillan British Dictionary:

oestrus [uncountable, biology]

the period when a female animal can produce babies if she mates with a male (15 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/oestrus

Encarta Dictionary:

estrous | oestrous | estral | oestral

relating to or involving estrus | describes a female mammal at the time of estrus (14 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861673031​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

oestrous | oestrus | estrus [United States] | estrum [United States]

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin oestrus gadfly, hence frenzy, from Greek oistros

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/oestrous

Encarta Dictionary:

estrous

First use: Late 19th century

Origin: Latin oestrus "frenzy" from Greek oistros "gadfly"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861673031​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

YourDictionary Audio:

oestrous

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "oestrous"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/oestrous

estrous

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "estrous" by speech synthesizer

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the Free Dictionary:

estrous

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "estrous"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "estrous"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "estrous" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/estrous

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

estrous

Audio: North American pronunciation of "estrous"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=estrou​01 word=estrous

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