talviuni

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

talvi +‎ uni

Noun[edit]

talviuni

  1. winter sleep, hibernation, denning (winter rest of animals like bears)
    nukkua talviunta: to hibernate

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Usage notes[edit]

Talviuni and talvihorros are treated as synonyms by many speakers. In more specific usage talvihorros refers to a deep slumber in which the body temperature of the hibernating animal drops close to 0°C (e.g. with hedgehogs and bats) in order to minimize the consumption of energy. In the case of talviuni the temperature falls less, e.g. with the brown bear to 33°C from the normal 37°C.

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