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.
While the function of the coelacanth Aqp2-like channels remains unknown, the physiological role of the Aqp2-like channels in lungfishes is to promote antidiuresis during terrestrial estivation in a manner entirely synonymous with the arginine-vasoticin-induced regulation of AQP2 channels in the kidneys of modern tetrapods (Konno et al.
A small air hole allows for breathing, especially during estivation.
Physiological capacity for estivation in the Sonoran mud turtle, Kinosternon sonoriense.
Estivation is the summer version of hibernation; the newt takes a months' long sleep during the hot and dry months.
These data were collected during the early part of the dry season, when crabs begin a three-month period of estivation (Sherman 1997).
He may also have been influenced by Francis Bacon whose Essays he is known to have read: in 'Of Building', first published in the third edition in 1625, Bacon writes that 'On the Under Story, towards the Garden, Let it be turned to a Grotta, or place of Shade, or Estivation.
Rather than migrating to other bodies of water, the turtles remained buried in the basin after the pond was completely desiccated, possibly in a state of estivation.
In addition to hibernating through the cold winter, many desert vertebrates (lizards, tortoises, ground squirrels, and susliks) also enter dormancy, or estivation, during the hot dry summer period.