hibernacula

hibernaculum

[hahy-ber-nak-yuh-luhm]
noun, plural hibernacula [hahy-ber-nak-yuh-luh] .
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-uhl] .


Origin:
1690–1700; < Latin hībernāculum winter residence, equivalent to hībernā(re) (see hibernate) + -culum -cule2

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hibernaculum or hibernacle (ˌhaɪbəˈnækjʊləm, ˈhaɪbəˌnækəl)
 
n , pl -ula, -les
1.  the winter quarters of a hibernating animal
2.  the protective case or covering of a plant bud or animal
 
[C17: from Latin: winter residence; see hibernate]
 
hibernacle or hibernacle (ˌhaɪbəˈnækjʊləm, ˈhaɪbəˌnækəl, -jʊlə)
 
n
 
[C17: from Latin: winter residence; see hibernate]

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hibernaculum   (hī'-bər-nāk'yə-ləm)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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