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intr.v. hi·ber·nat·ed, hi·ber·nat·ing, hi·ber·nates
1. To be in a dormant or torpid state during a cold period, especially during the winter.
2. To be in an inactive or dormant state or period: "In Lawrenceville people hibernated and life passed them by" (Jacqueline Susann).

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

hi′ber·na′tion n.
hi′ber·na′tor n.
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Adj.1.hibernating - in a condition of biological rest or suspended animationhibernating - in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation; "dormant buds"; "a hibernating bear"; "torpid frogs"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
asleep - in a state of sleep; "were all asleep when the phone rang"; "fell asleep at the wheel"
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References in classic literature ?
No work was done in the winter, and they made a practice of hibernating in the large camps like Circle City during the long Arctic night.
The first version of its drug-discovery platform focuses on hibernating mammals, a particularly attractive opportunity for adaptation-inspired therapeutics.
If you have just scoffed, snorted in derision and put down your Echo at the idea that hibernating a reptile, which has literally evolved to hibernate, is a cause for anxiety - bear with me.
If they are hibernating in your garden, just be aware that they may have found refuge in your compost heap, so be careful when turning it.
2012) whereas in parts of mainland Europe hibernating in caves may be common (Krystufek & Flajsman 2007, Krystufek 2010).
A planning officer said: "These dormice sleep during the winter, so nothing can take place during the winter as they will be hibernating."
Another delightful water-color illustrated collection of poems for children by Mary Alice Sutherland, "A Hibernating Bear and a Holiday Hare" is a collection of seventeen poems about the world seen through the eyes of the young and young at heart.
If you have a pond, aquatic frogs may be hibernating in the mud at the bottom so don't let it freeze over completely as this will cut off their oxygen supply.
Speedy the tortoise At this time of year, many owners are considering hibernating their tortoise and the conventional technique has been to place them in a shoe box in the attic.
Hibernating animals, in the strictest sense, stop regulating body temperature, says Peter Klopfer, cofounder of the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, N.C.