Estivate / Aestivate

 Excerpted From: A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg –

MEANING  verb: To pass the summer in a dormant state.


ETYMOLOGY: From Latin aestivare (to spend the summer). Earliest documented use: 1623.

USAGE:  “Unlike aquatic species, the turtles have the ability to travel upland and estivate for the remainder of the summer.”

Marta Yamamoto; Popular Berkeley Lake Reduced to a Puddle; The Mercury News (San Jose, California); Sep 17, 2015.   basicblack3