estivator

estivate

[es-tuh-veyt]
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:
1620–30; < Latin aestīvātus, past participle of aestīvāre to reside during the summer (akin to aestīvus of or relating to summer); see -ate1

estivator, noun

estivate, hibernate.
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aestivate or estivate (ˈiːstɪˌveɪt, ˈɛs-, ˈiːstɪˌveɪt, ˈɛs-)
 
vb
1.  to pass the summer
2.  Compare hibernate (of animals such as the lungfish) to pass the summer or dry season in a dormant condition
 
[C17: from Latin aestīvātus, from aestīvāre to stay during the summer, from aestās summer]
 
estivate or estivate
 
vb
 
[C17: from Latin aestīvātus, from aestīvāre to stay during the summer, from aestās summer]
 
'aestivator or estivate
 
n
 
'estivator or estivate
 
n

estivate (ˈiːstɪˌveɪt, ˈɛs-)
 
vb
(intr) the usual US spelling of aestivate
 
'estivator
 
n

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