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aestivation

Alternative spellings
æstivation
estivation

Etymology
Formed from Latin aestivare, from aestus ‘heat’.

Pronunciation
IPA: /ˌi:stɪ’veɪʃən/
Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun
aestivation (plural aestivations)
(biology) A state of inactivity and metabolic depression during summer: the summer version of hibernation.
(botany) The arrangement (vernation) of the parts of a flower inside a bud; prefloration.
(obsolete) The spending or passing of a summer.

Related terms
aestivate

Source: Wiktionary.

It has ingested several creatures of strong personality, including our own good weasel, and now displays signs of vitality, as if recovering from an estivation.

Source: Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance.

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