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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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British Dictionary definitions for overwintering

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 overwintering

overwinter

v.

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

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overwintering in Medicine

overwintering o·ver·win·ter·ing (ō'vər-wĭn'tər-ĭng)
n.
The persistence of an infectious agent in its vector for an extended period, as in the cooler winter months, during which the vector has no opportunity to be reinfected or to infect another host.

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