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hibernaculum

[hahy-ber-nak-yuh-luh m] /ˌhaɪ bərˈnæk yə ləm/
noun, plural hibernacula
[hahy-ber-nak-yuh-luh] /ˌhaɪ bərˈnæk yə lə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a protective case or covering, especially for winter, as of an animal or a plant bud.
2.
winter quarters, as of a hibernating animal.
Also, hibernacle
[hahy-ber-nak-uh l] /ˈhaɪ bərˌnæk əl/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Latin hībernāculum winter residence, equivalent to hībernā(re) (see hibernate) + -culum -cule2
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British Dictionary definitions for hibernacle

hibernaculum

/ˌhaɪbəˈnækjʊləm/
noun (rare) (pl) -ula (-jʊlə), -les
1.
the winter quarters of a hibernating animal
2.
the protective case or covering of a plant bud or animal
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: winter residence; see hibernate
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Word Origin and History for hibernacle
n.

"winter residence," 1708, from Latin hibernaculum "winter residence, winter quarters," related to hibernare "to winter" (see hibernation) with instrumentive suffix -culum. Related: Hibernacular.

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hibernaculum
  (hī'-bər-nāk'yə-ləm)   
  1. A protective case, covering, or structure, such as a plant bud, in which an organism remains dormant for the winter.

  2. The shelter of a hibernating animal.


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