estivation

Estivation is when animals slow their activity for the hot, dry summer months. During a period of estivation, many reptiles go underground where it's cooler.

Estivation is very similar to hibernation, when some mammals spend the winter moving very little and sleeping a lot, in order to save energy. During estivation, animals become still and their breathing slows — but it occurs during the hottest months of the year. Reptiles, amphibians, and molluscs are most likely to go through estivation. The Latin root word is aestus, or "heat."

Primary Meanings of estivation

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

n (zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period

Synonyms:
aestivation
Type of:
dormancy, quiescence, quiescency
a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
2

n (botany) the arrangement of sepals and petals in a flower bud before it opens

Synonyms:
aestivation
Type of:
arrangement
an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging

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