from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Variant of estivate.

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  • v. Alternative spelling of estivate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To spend the summer.
  • intransitive v. To pass the summer in a state of torpor.

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  • v. sleep during summer


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  • The Australian Alps are also known for the annual migration of Bogong moths (Agrotis infusa) which aestivate in the mountains each summer.

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  • During dry weather both the juvenile and adult O. lactea aestivate on stems and blades of grass.

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  • These snails aestivate on the surface fully exposed to the sun.

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  • The multi-layered cocoons form from outer epidermal cells that the frogs seem to shed in layers; the longer they aestivate, the more layers they add.

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  • According to the paper, some species of these frogs may aestivate in the wild for more than a year waiting for the rains.

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  • In areas where the climate is the Mediterranean type, land snails aestivate during the dry and hot summers and are active during the fall, the mild winters and the spring.

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  • During the dry Mediterranean summers most Albinaria species aestivate attached to rocks and their unintentional human-assisted transport on building materials have been documented.

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  • If, improbably, he had thought that private affairs could have first attention and public business be left to aestivate the summer through, developments on the frontier soon would have aroused him.


  • For five years he wrote the daily word sent our as the Word of the Day at yourDictionary and since 2004 he has been writing the Good Word at alphaDictionary. aestivate

  • Animals & Wildlife During which season is an animal most likely to aestivate?

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