aestivate

[es-tuh-veyt or, esp. British, ee-stuh-]
Related formsaes·ti·va·tion, nounaes·ti·va·tor, noun
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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
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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