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estivate

[es-tuh-veyt] /ˈɛs təˌveɪt/
verb (used without object), estivated, estivating.
1.
to spend the summer, as at a specific place or in a certain activity.
2.
Zoology. to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state, as certain reptiles, snails, insects, and small mammals.
Compare hibernate.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin aestīvātus, past participle of aestīvāre to reside during the summer (akin to aestīvus of or relating to summer); see -ate1
Related forms
estivator, noun
Can be confused
estivate, hibernate.
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British Dictionary definitions for estivator

estivate

/ˈiːstɪˌveɪt; ˈɛs-/
verb
1.
(intransitive) the usual US spelling of aestivate
Derived Forms
estivator, noun
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Word Origin and History for estivator

estivate

v.

"to spend the summer," mid-17c., from Latin aestivatus, past participle of aestivare "to spend the summer," from aestus "heat," aestas "summer," literally "the hot season," from Proto-Italic *aissat-, from PIE *aidh- "to burn" (see edifice). Related: Estivated; estivating.

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