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n. pl. hi·ber·nac·u·la (-lə) Biology
1. A protective case, covering, or structure, such as a plant bud, in which an organism remains dormant for the winter.
2. The shelter of a hibernating animal.

[Latin hībernāculum, winter residence, from hībernāre, to winter, from hībernus, relating to winter; see ghei- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌhaɪbəˈnækjʊləm) or


n, pl -ula (-jʊlə) or -les
1. (Zoology) the winter quarters of a hibernating animal
2. (Biology) the protective case or covering of a plant bud or animal
[C17: from Latin: winter residence; see hibernate]


(ˌhaɪ bərˈnæk yə ləm)

also hi•ber•nac•le

(ˈhaɪ bərˌnæk əl)

n., pl. -nac•u•la (-ˈnæk yə lə) also -nac•les.
1. a protective case or covering for winter, as of an animal or a plant bud.
2. winter quarters, as of a hibernating animal.
[1690–1700; < Latin hībernāculum winter residence =hībernā(re) (see hibernate) + -culum -cule2]
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Garter snakes are known for their hibernacula -- rather, they're known for freaking people out when they emerge en masse in spring (not to worry, they're harmless -- and beneficial).
As of fall 2016, the fungus has been documented in more than 40 hibernacula in the state, including 65% of the 31 sites that contain more than 500 bats.
Radio-tracked bats migrated short distances (<100 km) to areas where human structures were the most likely hibernacula.
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Desperate for energy, the bats leave hibernacula to forage outside, where, facing harsh conditions and meager food sources, many die of starvation or exhaustion.
Chilly rains in late winter or early spring bring several salamander species forth from their underground winter hibernacula in the forest duff to begin their annual migration to small wetland pools where they breed.
We sampled bats and hibernacula surfaces (cave walls and ceilings) across northeastern China during 2 visits (June-July 2014 and March 2015) using a previously described swab-sampling technique (6).
Both radiotelemetry and fiber-optic scopes have been used to locate hibernacula and observe Sistrurus catenatus rattlesnakes (smith, 2009); however, their combined use has not been reported for study of lizards.
armiger were categorized into hibernacula and summer roosts.