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es·ti·vate

also aes·ti·vate (ĕs′tə-vāt′)
intr.v. es·ti·vat·ed, es·ti·vat·ing, es·ti·vates also aes·ti·vat·ed or aes·ti·vat·ing or aes·ti·vates
1. Zoology To be in a dormant or torpid state during a hot dry period, such as the summer months.
2. To spend the summer, especially at a different place from one's usual residence.

[Latin aestīvāre, aestīvāt-, from aestīvus, estival; see estival.]

estivate

(ˈiːstɪˌveɪt; ˈɛs-)
vb
(intr) the usual US spelling of aestivate
ˈestiˌvator n

es•ti•vate

(ˈɛs təˌveɪt)

v.i. -vat•ed, -vat•ing.
1. to spend the summer, as at a specific place or in a certain activity.
2. to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state, as certain reptiles, snails, insects, and small mammals. Compare hibernate.
[1620–30; < Latin aestīvātus, past participle of aestīvāre to reside during the summer]
es′ti•va`tor, n.

estivate


Past participle: estivated
Gerund: estivating

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
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Future
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.estivate - sleep during summerestivate - sleep during summer; "certain animals estivate"
hibernate, hole up - sleep during winter; "Bears must eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves"
References in periodicals archive ?
However, in some natural habitats such as arid parts of South Africa, Xenopus survives the dry season by estivating under the mud or hiding in holes, under flat stones, or under roots in the river banks (Amphibiaweb, 2015).
The operculum's most important functions are to prevent desiccation or drying out while the animal is estivating and to protect it from its predators.
Conversely, during the drought we frequently observed individuals estivating for 10--40 d in shallow forms, often below cattail root mass cavities in dry marsh beds.
DeLaney RG, Shub C and Fishman AP: Hematologic Observations on the aquatic and estivating African lungfish, Protopterus aethiopicus.