estivation [es-tuh-vey-shuh n] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. Zoology. the act of estivating.
  2. Botany. the arrangement of the parts of a flower in the bud.

Origin of estivation First recorded in 1615–25; estivate + -ion Examples from the Web for estivation Historical Examples of estivation

  • It was clear that nature was in preparation for her estivation.

    Of All Things

    Robert C. Benchley

  • First, it may be remembered that this period corresponds nearly to the active life of the animal before and after estivation.

    Birds and Nature Vol. 9 No. 2 [February 1901]


  • The dry season here is not excessive, nor is there any estivation, as in some tropical countries.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • British Dictionary definitions for estivation estivation noun

    1. the usual US spelling of aestivation

    estivation in Science estivation [ĕs′tə-vā′shən]

    1. An inactive state resembling deep sleep, in which some animals living in hot climates, such as certain snails, pass the summer. Estivation protects these animals against heat and dryness. Compare hibernation.

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