Saturday, December 28, 2013
hibernaculum noun [hahy-ber-NAK-yuh-luhm] a protective case or covering, especially for winter, as of an animal or a plant bud.
Definitions for hibernaculum
- a protective case or covering, especially for winter, as of an animal or a plant bud.
- winter quarters, as of a hibernating animal.
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Citations for hibernaculum
Already it has become something much greater than a house or a home: a hibernaculum, for each of them, of some kind of ecstatic regeneration.
This winter home or hibernaculum of the peach-tree borer is a thin affair, with a smooth interior, and is made of bits of frass or particles of bark fastened together with silken threads, which simply covers the borer as it rests curled up on the bark.
Origin of hibernaculum
Hibernaculum comes from the Latin hībernāculum meaning "winter residence." It entered English in the late 1600s.