estivation [es-tuh-vey-shuh n] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- Zoology. the act of estivating.
- Botany. the arrangement of the parts of a flower in the bud.
It was clear that nature was in preparation for her estivation.
Robert C. Benchley
First, it may be remembered that this period corresponds nearly to the active life of the animal before and after estivation.
The dry season here is not excessive, nor is there any estivation, as in some tropical countries.
British Dictionary definitions for estivation estivation noun
- the usual US spelling of aestivation
estivation in Science estivation [ĕs′tə-vā′shən]
- 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.