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dormancy

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noun dor·man·cy \ˈdȯr-mən(t)-sē\

Definition of dormancy

  1. :  the quality or state of being dormant



Examples of dormancy

  1. <some volcanoes have eruptive cycles marked by long stretches of dormancy>

  2. <a fighting force that could be roused instantly from dormancy to action>



1789

First Known Use of dormancy

1789


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