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Variant of estivation.
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aestivation(ˌiːstɪˈveɪʃən; ˌɛs-) or
1. (Zoology) the act or condition of aestivating
2. (Botany) the arrangement of the parts of a flower bud, esp the sepals and petals
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Another spelling of estivation.
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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
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|Noun||1.||aestivation - (zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period|
|2.||aestivation - (botany) the arrangement of sepals and petals in a flower bud before it opens|
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
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