1. (zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period
  2. (botany) the arrangement of sepals and petals in a flower bud before it opens
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How To Use aestivation In A Sentence

  • Just as commonly, petal aestivation was observed to be entirely imbricate.
  • A similar pattern is apparent in the vertebrate record, though floodplain aestivation assemblages are known.
  • I have written about the aestivation of land snails during the hot and dry Mediterranean summers. Archive 2006-07-01
  • Both aestivation and hibernation are found among the members of the family.
  • The cocoons made by the 2 species of frogs that were the subjects of this study, Cyclorana australis and Cyclorana cultripes, during 46 and 51 days of aestivation in the laboratory, had 34 and 32-33 layers erroneously given as 51 in the abstract, see Table 1, respectively. Archive 2006-04-01
  • If all goes well (says he for whom something routinely goes wrong at least twice a week), I shall emerge from aestivation within a week, and then we shall see. Arrived!
  • Prior to the aestivation of the calyx, pairs of stamen primordia are initiated.
  • The old man had a great deal to say about "aestivation," as he called it, in opposition, as one might say, to hibernation. Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works
  • My only criticism of the paper is that the aestivation conditions in the lab were not clearly described, especially the ambient humidity was not reported. Archive 2006-04-01
  • For example, in the case of seasonal land migration of certain salamanders, if the length of the corridor is greater than the characteristic travel capability of the salamander, then the corridor is ineffective in providing additional aestivation opportunities. Biological corridor
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