[es-tuh-veyt or, esp. British, ee-stuh-]
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Aestivation (summer sleep) is the similar condition in which other species pass periods of heat or drought in warm latitudes.
Of the physiology of aestivation nothing definite appears to have been ascertained.
- the act or condition of aestivating
- the arrangement of the parts of a flower bud, esp the sepals and petals
- to pass the summer
- (of animals such as the lungfish) to pass the summer or dry season in a dormant conditionCompare hibernate
C17: from Latin aestīvātus, from aestīvāre to stay during the summer, from aestās summer
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- Another spelling of estivation.
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