verb[no object] Zoology
(Of an animal, particularly an insect, fish, or amphibian) spend a hot or dry period in a prolonged state of torpor or dormancy.
- Some crocodilians also estivate.
- The majority of these species are considered frequent digesters, whereas eight species fast for extended periods, either as sit-and-wait foragers or while estivating.
- When the water evaporates, the crocodiles estivate, or pass the summer in a kind of torpor.
Early 17th century (in the sense 'pass the summer'): from Latin aestivat-, from aestivare 'spend the summer', from aestus 'heat'.
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