estivation


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es·ti·va·tion

also aes·ti·va·tion  (ĕs′tə-vā′shən)
n.
1. Zoology A state of dormancy or torpor during a hot dry period.
2. Botany The arrangement of the floral parts in a bud.
3. The act of spending or passing the summer.

estivation

(ˌiːstɪˈveɪʃən; ˌɛs-)
n
1. (Botany) the usual US spelling of aestivation
2. (Zoology) the usual US spelling of aestivation

es•ti•va•tion

(ˌɛs təˈveɪ ʃən)

n.
the act of estivating.
[1615–25]

es·ti·va·tion

(ĕs′tə-vā′shən)
Zoology
An inactive state resembling deep sleep, in which some animals living in hot climates, such as certain snails, pass the summer. Estivation protects these animals against the heat and dryness of the summer. Compare hibernation.

estivation, aestivation

Obsolete, summering; the taking of a summer holiday.
See also: Recreation
the arrangement of petals in a flower before it opens; prefloration. Also aestivation.
See also: Flowers
the practice of certain animals of sleeping throughout the summer. Cf. hibernation.
See also: Zoology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.estivation - (zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summerestivation - (zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
dormancy, quiescence, quiescency - a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction; "the volcano erupted after centuries of dormancy"
2.estivation - (botany) the arrangement of sepals and petals in a flower bud before it opensestivation - (botany) the arrangement of sepals and petals in a flower bud before it opens
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
arrangement - an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging; "a flower arrangement"
flower bud - a bud from which only a flower or flowers develop
References in classic literature ?
On the under story, towards the garden, let it be turned to a grotto, or a place of shade, or estivation.
Estivation is the summer version of hibernation; the newt takes a months' long sleep during the hot and dry months.
When temperatures become unbearable, they use clawed front feet to dig burrows and eventually enter a state known as estivation, their metabolism slowed and systems all but shut down.