es·​ti·​vate | \ ˈe-stə-ˌvāt How to pronounce estivate (audio) \
variants: or aestivate
estivated or aestivated; estivating or aestivating; estivates or aestivates

Definition of estivate

intransitive verb

1 zoology : to pass the summer in a state of torpor or dormancy Snails combat desiccation by estivating, that, is burrowing into the mud and sealing up the shell with mucus until conditions improve.— Mark Woolhouse — compare hibernate
2 : to spend the summer usually at one place While many gentleman are estivating on the briny or in bosky corners, Bertie Wooster and his nonpareil manservant, Jeeves, are summering in town … where Edward Duke is starring in, "Jeeves Takes Charge," …— Richard F. Shepard

First Known Use of estivate

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Estivate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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variants: or aestivate \ -​ˌvāt How to pronounce estivate (audio) \
estivated; estivating

Medical Definition of estivate

: to pass the summer in a state of torpor or dormancy — compare hibernate

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