aestivation

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Formed from Latin aestivare, from aestus ‘heat’.

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aestivation (plural aestivations)

  1. (biology) A state of inactivity and metabolic depression during summer: the summer version of hibernation.
  2. (botany) The arrangement (vernation) of the parts of a flower inside a bud; prefloration.
  3. (obsolete) The spending or passing of a summer.

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