Is there any single term for "Elephants going berserk"? Can we say that the elephant got wild and started destroying whatever is in its path? Is there any term for that? Hope you understand my question...

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    The elephants stampeded. (doesn't really work for a single animal) Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 10:09
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    Now, if you had said apes, instead of elephants, I'd have said: The apes went bananas.
    – Talia Ford
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 10:41
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    Only in English would an elephant go ape, an ape go bananas, and bananas just go off. Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 11:19
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    You probably meant bananas going nuts.
    – Talia Ford
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 11:27
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    The elephants went ape, apes went bananas, bananas went nuts This would be a lovely children book.
    – jsedano
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 15:24

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The elephants rampaged (M-W: Rampage: to act or move in a wild and usually destructive way).

Musth as above is great, but only applies to males, and corresponds to a particular (sexual) context.

  • Yes! That word was on the tip of my tongue. All my brain mustered to spell though was rambunctious.
    – Talia Ford
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 11:30

Perhaps musth is the word you are looking for:-

An annual period of heightened aggressiveness and sexual activity in male elephants, during which violent frenzies occur.

One would say, "the elephant was in musth".

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    And then they say English doesn't have a word for everything!
    – Talia Ford
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 10:43
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    "the elephant was in musth, and went on rampage"
    – ARi
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 14:37

Why not say the elephants ran amok? Particularly since your question appears not to ascribe this violence to libidinous impulses.

to run about with or as if with a frenzied desire to kill

Wikipedia offers the following description of this phrase:

The phrase is often used in a less serious manner when describing something that is wildly out of control or causing a frenzy (e.g., a dog tearing up the living room furniture might be termed as "running amok.")


How about "the elephant went rogue"?

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