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Meaning of AESTIVATION

Pronunciation:  `esti'veyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  cessation from or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals
 

AESTIVATION is a 11 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: estivation
 
 See Also: dormancy, quiescence, quiescency

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\[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}.]

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: In zoology, a dormant state involving vastly lowered metabolism which certain animals enter in order to survive hot weather.

In botany, refers to the arrangement of sepals and petals or their lobes in an unexpanded flower bud. Compare vernation.

 

 

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