a protective case or covering, especially for winter, as of an animal or a plant bud.
winter quarters, as of a hibernating animal.
- Also hi·ber·nac·le [hahy-ber-nak-uhl]. /ˈhaɪ bərˌnæk əl/.
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How to use hibernaculum in a sentence
It seems that having migrated to a ledge, the racer promptly finds its hibernaculum and retires for the winter.Natural History of the Racer Coluber constrictor | Henry S. Fitch
This trend suggests that over periods of years a racer is likely to shift its range or its hibernaculum or both.Natural History of the Racer Coluber constrictor | Henry S. Fitch
Young caterpillar with hibernaculum (h); caterpillar and chrysalis.The Butterflies of the British Isles | Richard South
hibernaculum: a tent or sheath made out of a leaf or other material in which a larva hides or hibernates.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology | John. B. Smith
Soil temperatures were taken in the present study only when the turtle was in a form, hibernaculum, or den.
British Dictionary definitions for hibernaculum
the winter quarters of a hibernating animal
the protective case or covering of a plant bud or animal
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Scientific definitions for hibernaculum
A protective case, covering, or structure, such as a plant bud, in which an organism remains dormant for the winter.
The shelter of a hibernating animal.
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