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rut

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noun \ˈrət\

Definition of rut

  1. 1 :  an annually recurrent state of sexual excitement in the male deer; broadly :  sexual excitement in a mammal especially when periodic

  2. 2 :  the period during which rut normally occurs —often used with the

Origin and Etymology of rut

Middle English rutte, from Middle French ruit rut, disturbance, from Late Latin rugitus roar, from Latin rugire to roar; akin to Middle Irish rucht roar, Old Church Slavic rŭžati to neigh


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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rut

verb

Definition of rut

rutted

rutting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to be in or enter into a state of rut

Circa 1625

First Known Use of rut

circa 1625

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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rut

noun

Definition of rut

  1. 1 a :  a track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage b :  a groove in which something runs c :  channel, furrow

  2. 2 :  a usual or fixed practice; especially :  a monotonous routine <fall easily into a conversational rut>

Origin and Etymology of rut

perhaps modification of Middle French route way, route


First Known Use: 1552


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rut

verb

Definition of rut

rutted

rutting

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make a rut in :  furrow

1607

First Known Use of rut

1607


RUT Defined for Kids

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rut

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noun \ˈrət\

Definition of rut for Students

  1. 1 :  a track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage

  2. 2 :  1routine 1


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rut

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verb

Definition of rut for Students

rutted

rutting

  1. :  to make a track in


Medical Dictionary

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rut

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noun \ˈrət\

Medical Definition of rut

  1. 1:  a periodic and often annually recurring state of certain male animals (such as deer or elk) during which behavior associated with the urge to breed is displayed

  2. 2:  the period of time during which rut occurs :  breeding season


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rut

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of rut

rutted

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rutting

  1. :  to be in or enter into a state of rut



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