follow Dictionary.com

What does Boxing Day have to do with boxing?

diapause

[dahy-uh-pawz] /ˈdaɪ əˌpɔz/
noun
1.
a period of hormonally controlled quiescence, especially in immature insects, characterized by cessation of growth and reduction of metabolic activity, often occurring seasonally or when environmental conditions are unfavorable.
verb (used without object), diapaused, diapausing.
2.
to undergo diapause.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Greek diápausis; see dia-, pause
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for diapause
  • But boll weevil females without access to cotton, resorb their eggs and enter into reproductive diapause.
British Dictionary definitions for diapause

diapause

/ˈdaɪəˌpɔːz/
noun
1.
a period of suspended development and growth accompanied by decreased metabolism in insects and some other animals. It is correlated with seasonal changes
Word Origin
C19: from Greek diapausis pause, from diapauein to pause, bring to an end, from dia- + pauein to stop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
diapause in Medicine

diapause di·a·pause (dī'ə-pôz')
n.
A period during which growth or development is suspended and physiological activity is diminished, as in certain insects in response to adverse environmental conditions.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for diapause

spontaneous interruption of the development of certain animals, marked by reduction of metabolic activity. It is typical of many insects and mites, a few crustaceans and snails, and perhaps certain other animal groups. This period of suspended development is an apparent response to the approach of adverse environmental conditions. It may occur during any life stage but is most common among pupae (e.g., the cocoons of moths).

Learn more about diapause with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for diapause

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for diapause

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends