Word Origin verb (used without object), es·ti·vat·ed, es·ti·vat·ing. to spend the summer, as at a specific place or in a certain activity. . Zoology to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state, as certain reptiles, snails, insects, and small mammals. Origin of estivate 1620–30;
past participle of
to reside during the summer (akin to
of or relating to summer); see
-ate 1 Related forms es·ti·va·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for estivate Derived Forms estivator, noun
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Word Origin and History for estivate v.
"to spend the summer," mid-17c., from Latin
aestivatus, past participle of aestivare "to spend the summer," from aestus "heat," aestas "summer," literally "the hot season," from Proto-Italic *aissat-, from PIE *aidh- "to burn" (see edifice). Related: Estivated; estivating.
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