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aestivation

Definitions of aestivation
  1. noun
    (zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period
    synonyms: estivation
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    type of:
    dormancy, quiescence, quiescency
    a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
  2. noun
    (botany) the arrangement of sepals and petals in a flower bud before it opens
    synonyms: estivation
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    type of:
    arrangement
    an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging
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