Definition of Aestivate

1. Verb. Sleep during summer. "Certain animals estivate"

Exact synonyms: Estivate
Generic synonyms: Catch Some Z's, Kip, Log Z's, Sleep, Slumber
Derivative terms: Aestivation, Estivation
Antonyms: Hibernate, Hibernate



Definition of Aestivate

1. Verb. (alternative spelling of estivate) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Aestivate

1. [v -VATED, -VATING, -VATES]

Medical Definition of Aestivate

1. 1. To spend the summer. 2. To pass the summer in a state of torpor. [Spelt also estivate. Origin: L. Aestivare, aestivatum. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Aestivate

aestheticise
aestheticised
aestheticises
aestheticising
aestheticism
aestheticisms
aestheticize
aestheticized
aestheticizes
aestheticizing
aesthetics
aestho-physiology
aesthophysiology
aestiferous
aestival
aestivate (current term)
aestivated
aestivates
aestivating
aestivation
aestivations
aestivoautumnal
aestivoautumnal fever
aestuous
aet
aetat
aetheogam
aetheogamous
aetheogams
aether

Literary usage of Aestivate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"The Australian mudfish (Ceratodus) is not known to hibernate or aestivate. In countries where winter frosts arrest the growth of vegetation terrestrial ..."

2. A Statistical Account of Bengal by William Wilson Hunter (1877)
"The practical question arises, whether, when food and water fail, some fish do not aestivate until the return of; more favourable season ? ..."

3. Natural Emirates: Wildlife and Environment of the United Arab Emirates by Peter Vine (1996)
"Birds cannot burrow or aestivate, but they can migrate. The number of species resident in the desert are very few, but this was probably always so. ..."

4. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1903)
"In creatures that hibernate and aestivate the rhythm is seasonal, prolonged and interrupted. Beyond the arctic circle, spring is one prolonged dawn ..."

5. College zoology by Robert William Hegner (1918)
"in the earth during the winter, but in warmer countries they sleep during the hotter months (aestivate). Family CHELY- DRID^:.—SNAPPING- TURTLES. ..."

6. The Cambridge Natural History by Sidney Frederick Harmer, Arthur Everett Shipley (1901)
"Some species aestivate during the hot and dry season. They hibernate either in the ground, or occasionally in ponds. T. vul</aris is difficult to keep in ..."

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