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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Definitions for overwinter

  1. to pass, spend, or survive the winter: to overwinter on the Riviera.

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Citations for overwinter
Each fall, millions of delicate orange and black butterflies fly more than two thousand miles from the United States and Canada to overwinter in the mountains of central Mexico. Mary Alice Monroe, The Butterfly's Daughter, 2011
Most bee species in northern climates overwinter in dormant stages. C. Claiborne Ray, "The Bee Solution to Winter," New York Times, January 26, 2015
Origin of overwinter
Old English had the verb oferwintran “to get through the winter,” but it became obsolete at the end of the Old English period (about 1150). Overwinter was formed anew at the end of the 19th century on the model of Scandinavian, e.g., Danish and Norwegian overvintre, Swedish övervintra; Dutch overwinteren; or German überwintern.