Definition of estivate in English:

estivate

(also aestivate)

verb

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

    • ‘Many crayfish flee the sun downward, tunneling after the subsiding water table until they reach moist mud in which to estivate.’
    • ‘They played a recording of a savanna fire to reed frogs that were peacefully estivating in Ivory Coast's Comoe National Park.’
    • ‘When the water evaporates, the crocodiles estivate, or pass the summer in a kind of torpor.’
    • ‘The larvae complete their feeding in less than two weeks and then estivate in cocoons, which they construct in the ground.’
    • ‘Some crocodilians also estivate.’
    • ‘The majority of these species are considered frequent digesters, whereas eight species fast for extended periods, either as sit-and-wait foragers or while estivating.’
    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

estivate

/ˈestəˌvāt/