Origin of overwinter

1890–95; over- + winter; probably translation of Norwegian overvintre
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  1. (intr) to spend winter (in or at a particular place)
  2. (tr) to keep (animals or plants) alive through the winter
  3. (intr) (of an animal or plant) to remain alive throughout the winter
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Word Origin and History for overwinter

Old English oferwintran; see over- + winter (v.). Related: Overwintered; overwintering.

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