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estivation

[es-tuh-vey-shuh n] /ˌɛs təˈveɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
Zoology. the act of estivating.
2.
Botany. the arrangement of the parts of a flower in the bud.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; estivate + -ion
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Examples for estivation
  • estivation is a prolonged state of inactivity of an animal during hot or dry weather.
  • estivation: a state of inactivity during long periods of drought or high temperatures.
  • In the deserts, the animals have to be able to adapt to that extreme heat and they do something called estivation.
British Dictionary definitions for estivation

aestivation

/ˌiːstɪˈveɪʃən; ˌɛs-/
noun
1.
the act or condition of aestivating
2.
the arrangement of the parts of a flower bud, esp the sepals and petals

estivation

/ˌiːstɪˈveɪʃən; ˌɛs-/
noun
1.
the usual US spelling of aestivation
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estivation in Science
estivation
  (ěs'tə-vā'shən)   
An inactive state resembling deep sleep, in which some animals living in hot climates, such as certain snails, pass the summer. Estivation protects these animals against heat and dryness. Compare hibernation.
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