[ es-tuh-veyt or, esp. British, ee-stuh- ]
/ ˈɛs təˌveɪt or, esp. British, ˈi stə- /
verb (used without object), aes·ti·vat·ed, aes·ti·vat·ing.
Related formsaes·ti·va·tion, nounaes·ti·va·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for aestivation
Of the physiology of aestivation nothing definite appears to have been ascertained.
Aestivation (summer sleep) is the similar condition in which other species pass periods of heat or drought in warm latitudes.
British Dictionary definitions for aestivation (1 of 2)
/ (ˌiːstɪˈveɪʃən, ˌɛs-) /
the act or condition of aestivating
the arrangement of the parts of a flower bud, esp the sepals and petals
British Dictionary definitions for aestivation (2 of 2)
/ (ˈiːstɪˌveɪt, ˈɛs-) /
to pass the summer
(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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Science definitions for aestivation
[ ĕs′tə-vā′shən ]
Another spelling of estivation.
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