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hibernaculum

[hahy-ber-nak-yuh-luh m]
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noun, plural hi·ber·nac·u·la [hahy-ber-nak-yuh-luh] /ˌhaɪ bərˈnæk yə lə/.
  1. a protective case or covering, especially for winter, as of an animal or a plant bud.
  2. winter quarters, as of a hibernating animal.
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Also hi·ber·nac·le [hahy-ber-nak-uh l] /ˈhaɪ bərˌnæk əl/.

Origin of hibernaculum

1690–1700; < Latin hībernāculum winter residence, equivalent to hībernā(re) (see hibernate) + -culum -cule2
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hibernaculum

hibernacle (ˈhaɪbəˌnækəl)

noun plural -ula (-jʊlə) or -les rare
  1. the winter quarters of a hibernating animal
  2. the protective case or covering of a plant bud or animal
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: winter residence; see hibernate
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hibernaculum in Science

hibernaculum

[hī′-bər-năkyə-ləm]
  1. A protective case, covering, or structure, such as a plant bud, in which an organism remains dormant for the winter.
  2. The shelter of a hibernating animal.
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