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overwinter

[oh-ver-win-ter] /ˌoʊ vərˈwɪn tər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to pass, spend, or survive the winter:
to overwinter on the Riviera.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; over- + winter; probably translation of Norwegian overvintre
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  • Salmon are an energy-rich food source, vital to the overwinter survival and reproduction of bears.
  • Jim says bees die in cold climates regardless, leaving their eggs to overwinter.
  • Use dormant oils during winter to control insects that overwinter on deciduous plants.
  • Adult bullfrogs overwinter in water to avoid freezing.
  • overwintering is usually not communal, although several may overwinter within close proximity of one another.
  • The nearly mature grubs form cells in the burrows where they overwinter, and in the spring transform to pupae.
  • When mature, they enter the ground to pupate and overwinter, and the adults emerge the following spring.
  • Juveniles overwinter in this river for a few years until they reach the sub-adult stage.
  • Some bats overwinter in large groups in caves and mines, others overwinter singly under tree bark or leaf litter.
  • These turtles overwinter in water in soft organic substrate, in muskrat burrows, and by simply sitting on the bottom.
British Dictionary definitions for overwinter

overwinter

/ˌəʊvəˈwɪntə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to spend winter (in or at a particular place)
2.
(transitive) to keep (animals or plants) alive through the winter
3.
(intransitive) (of an animal or plant) to remain alive throughout the winter
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Word Origin and History for overwinter
v.

Old English oferwintran; see over- + winter (v.). Related: Overwintered; overwintering.

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