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[es-tuh-veyt or, esp. British, ee-stuh-]
verb (used without object), aes·ti·vat·ed, aes·ti·vat·ing.
  1. estivate.
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Related formsaes·ti·va·tion, nounaes·ti·va·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for aestivate

Historical Examples of aestivate

  • In such cases the insect must aestivate rather than hibernate.

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    Clarence M. Weed

  • The Australian mudfish (Ceratodus) is not known to hibernate or aestivate.

British Dictionary definitions for aestivate


US estivate

verb (intr)
  1. to pass the summer
  2. (of animals such as the lungfish) to pass the summer or dry season in a dormant conditionCompare hibernate
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Derived Formsaestivator or US estivator, noun

Word Origin for aestivate

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