es·​trous | \ ˈe-strəs How to pronounce estrous (audio) \

Definition of estrous

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of estrus
2 : being in heat

Examples of estrous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But now, with only a few estrous does left, the sweet scent of one can bring a buck running to you on a string. Michael Hanback, Outdoor Life, "Why Post-Rut is the New Best Time To Hunt Whitetails," 4 Dec. 2019 The male seen in the video is likely confusing the new mother's hormonal scent with that of a female in estrous. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Why This Male Elephant Attacked a Newborn Calf," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of estrous

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Estrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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es·​trous | \ ˈes-trəs How to pronounce estrous (audio) \
variants: or chiefly British oestrous \ ˈē-​strəs How to pronounce oestrous (audio) \

Medical Definition of estrous

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of estrus
2 : being in heat

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