(&OEligs"tru*al) a. [See &OEligstrus.] (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to sexual desire; — mostly applied to brute animals; as, the œstrual period; œstrual influence.

(&OEligs`tru*a"tion) n. (Physiol.) The state of being under œstrual influence, or of having sexual desire.

(||&OEligs"trus) n. [L., a gadfly; also, frenzy, fr.Gr. gadfly; hence, sting, fury, insane desire, frenzy.]

1. (Zoöl.) A genus of gadflies. The species which deposits its larvæ in the nasal cavities of sheep is œstrus ovis.

2. A vehement desire; esp. (Physiol.), the periodical sexual impulse of animals; heat; rut.

(Of) prep. [AS. of of, from, off; akin to D. & OS. af, G. ab off, OHG. aba from, away, Icel., Dan., Sw., & Goth. af, L. ab, Gr. Skr. apa. Cf. Off, A- Ab-, After, Epi-.] In a general sense, from, or out from; proceeding from; belonging to; relating to; concerning; — used in a variety of applications; as:

1. Denoting that from which anything proceeds; indicating origin, source, descent, and the like; as, he is of a race of kings; he is of noble blood.

That holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Luke i. 35.

I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you.
1 Cor. xi. 23.

2. Denoting possession or ownership, or the relation of subject to attribute; as, the apartment of the consul: the power of the king; a man of courage; the gate of heaven. "Poor of spirit." Macaulay.

3. Denoting the material of which anything is composed, or that which it contains; as, a throne of gold; a sword of steel; a wreath of mist; a cup of water.

4. Denoting part of an aggregate or whole; belonging to a number or quantity mentioned; out of; from amongst; as, of this little he had some to spare; some of the mines were unproductive; most of the company.

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed.
Lam. iii. 22.

It is a duty to communicate of those blessings we have received.

5. Denoting that by which a person or thing is actuated or impelled; also, the source of a purpose or action; as, they went of their own will; no body can move of itself; he did it of necessity.

For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts.
Josh. xi. 20.

6. Denoting reference to a thing; about; concerning; relating to; as, to boast of one's achievements.

Knew you of this fair work?

7. Denoting nearness or distance, either in space or time; from; as, within a league of the town; within an hour of the appointed time.

8. Denoting identity or equivalence; — used with a name or appellation, and equivalent to the relation of apposition; as, the continent of America; the city of Rome; the Island of Cuba.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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