Winter sleep

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
References in classic literature ?
And Clover guarded well its rest, Till Autumn's leaves were sere, Till all her sister flowers were gone, And her winter sleep drew near.
A mournful peace hung on the fields, as though they felt the relaxing grasp of the cold and stretched themselves in their long winter sleep.
Now, as the Inuit say, when the ice once wakes after its long winter sleep, there is no knowing what may happen, for solid floe-ice changes shape almost as quickly as a cloud.
Winter sleep is a universal strategy of getting through winter.
After the cold winter, the city wakes up from its winter sleep and starts receiving more and more tourists.
Let's hope that they soon wake up from their winter sleep and solve this issue in the institutions before street fights take place, and we witness a total institutional collapse and chaos, warns the author.
The very fact that such threats and concerns exist in Iran and elsewhere in the world is the reason why Iranian security officials and commanders are trying their best to wake up all those complacent counterparts in Paris and Riyadh from their winter sleep - before something terrible happens.
are known for hibernating, their energy-saving state is more like a winter "torpor" than the deep winter sleep of other mammals, said Ryan Valdez, NPCA's senior manager for Conservation Science & Policy.
Abandoned factories and closed mines are awakening from their winter sleep, and employers start going back to work.
The community celebration is based around the Celtic festival of Imbolc, marking the time when the earth begins to wake up after its winter sleep.
PRETTY PEONY: Everywhere there are signs of plants beginning to emerge from their winter sleep.
It seems fitting that Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep won the most coveted prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.