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aestivation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  AEstivation  \[AE]s`ti*va"tion\,  n. 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  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}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aestivation 
  n  :  cessation  from  or  slowing  of  activity  during  the  summer; 
  especially  slowing  of  metabolism  in  some  animals  [syn:  {estivation}] 




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