aestivate

[ es-tuh-veyt or, especially British, ee-stuh- ]

verb (used without object),aes·ti·vat·ed, aes·ti·vat·ing.

Other words from aestivate

  • aes·ti·va·tion, noun
  • aes·ti·va·tor, noun

Words Nearby aestivate

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British Dictionary definitions for aestivate

aestivate

US estivate

/ (ˈiːstɪˌveɪt, ˈɛs-) /


verb(intr)
  1. to pass the summer

  2. (of animals such as the lungfish) to pass the summer or dry season in a dormant condition: Compare hibernate

Origin of aestivate

1
C17: from Latin aestīvātus, from aestīvāre to stay during the summer, from aestās summer

Derived forms of aestivate

  • aestivator or US estivator, noun

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