- to pass, spend, or survive the winter: to overwinter on the Riviera.
Origin of overwinter
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Examples from the Web for overwinter
Some whales may also overwinter in the northern summering areas.Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska
United States Department of Commerce, Marine Mammal Commission
Eggs laid in autumn overwinter and hatch the next summer, from April to August, depending upon the species.
- (intr) to spend winter (in or at a particular place)
- (tr) to keep (animals or plants) alive through the winter
- (intr) (of an animal or plant) to remain alive throughout the winter
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Word Origin and History for overwinter
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