verb (used without object), hi·ber·nat·ed, hi·ber·nat·ing.
Origin of hibernate
Related Words for hibernationcoma, slumber, dream, trance, hibernation, flora, greenery, stagnation, lethargy, torpor, dormancy, torpidity, nod, catnap, repose, doze, nap, rest, shuteye, siesta
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Contemporary Examples of hibernation
The study also noted that bear attacks mostly occurred during August, when bears are gearing up for hibernation and seeking food.How Climate Change Is Causing Chaos in the Animal Kingdom
January 23, 2014
Historical Examples of hibernation
Hypnody: lethargy; a condition similar to or identical with hibernation.
Reviviscence: coming back to life; awakening from hibernation.
The big man wheeled around like a bear aroused from hibernation.Jubilation, U.S.A.
G. L. Vandenburg
It's more of a coma, something like the hibernation of a bear or a possum.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
Hibernation is a strange phenomenon, and one which is but little understood.The Log of the Sun
Word Origin for hibernate
1660s, from Latin hibernationem (nominative hibernatio) "the action of passing the winter," noun of action from past participle stem of hibernare "to winter, pass the winter, occupy winter quarters;" related to hiems "winter," from PIE *gheim- "snow, winter" (cf. Sanskrit heman "in winter," Hittite gimmanza, Greek kheima, Old Church Slavonic zima, Lithuanian žiema "winter").
1802, probably a back-formation from hibernation. Related: Hibernated; hibernating.
Passing the winter in a sleeping or inactive condition. Bears, ground squirrels, woodchucks, and several other kinds of animals hibernate.