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estivation Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun (zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period
  2. noun (botany) the arrangement of sepals and petals in a flower bud before it opens

Æs`ti*va"tion noun (Also<
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  1. (Zoöl.) The state of torpidity induced by the heat and dryness of summer, as in certain snails; -- opposed to hibernation.
  2. (Bot.) The arrangement of the petals in a flower bud, as to folding, overlapping, etc.; prefloration. Gray. Spelt also estivation.

Webster 1913

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