Definition of aestivate in English:

aestivate

(US estivate)

verb

[NO OBJECT]Zoology
  • (of an insect, fish, or amphibian) spend a hot or dry period in a prolonged state of torpor or dormancy.

    • ‘Other invertebrates survive dry periods by remaining in the pond substrate as eggs, pupae, or aestivating adults.’
    • ‘The toads must aestivate during the summer, burrowing down into the soil to survive the heat.’
    • ‘When the water evaporates, the crocodiles estivate, or pass the summer in a kind of torpor.’
    • ‘Sirens are known to aestivate when in habitats subject to drought.’
    • ‘They aestivate during the dry season but come up to the surface to spawn after the first rains.’
    asleep, sleeping, slumbering, resting, reposing, drowsing, comatose, supine
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘pass the summer’): from Latin aestivat-, from aestivare spend the summer, from aestus heat.

Pronunciation:

aestivate

/ˈiːstɪveɪt/