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monestrous (mon-ES-truhs) adjective

Of or related to mammals which experience one estrus (rut or period of heat) in a breeding season.

[Combining form mon- (one) from Greek monos, mono- + oistros (gadfly, madness).]

"The ova vaccine, Miller says, is a better choice for monestrous species, like coyotes, that come into heat only once a year, regardless of whether the female conceives." Mary Roach, One Marsupial Too Many, Discover (Chicago), Dec 2000.

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