noun (zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period
noun (botany) the arrangement of sepals and petals in a flower bud before it opens
- (Zoöl.) The state of torpidity induced by the heat and dryness of summer, as in certain snails; -- opposed to hibernation.
- (Bot.) The arrangement of the petals in a flower bud, as to folding, overlapping, etc.; prefloration.
Spelt also estivation.
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