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Definition of dormancy

: the quality or state of being dormant

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some volcanoes have eruptive cycles marked by long stretches of dormancy a fighting force that could be roused instantly from dormancy to action
Recent Examples on the Web Plants that mistake a January thaw for spring may go so far as to break their dormancy and try to grow. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Blodgett: Gardeners are stewards not just in summer but all year long," 8 Dec. 2019 The dormancy period, which may range from a few weeks to a few months, is part of the normal growing cycle. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Here's How to Grow a Shamrock Plant," 6 Feb. 2020 Despite a two-year dormancy period for the football program, the budding rivalry between UAB and Louisiana Tech was alive and well in building tension as tight as a gnat’s posterior. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB welcomes Louisiana Tech for crucial division showdown," 20 Nov. 2019 During dormancy, stop watering, and place the plant in a cool, dark place. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Here's How to Grow a Shamrock Plant," 6 Feb. 2020 Most of what was known about dormancy came from bacteria that formed hardy spores, including Bacillus anthracis, the soil microbe famous for causing anthrax. Carrie Arnold, WIRED, "A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life," 21 Apr. 2019 Is this the normal pattern of this plant going into dormancy or is there a problem? oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Wait to prune boxwood until threat of frost has passed," 8 Mar. 2020 Another possibility: The disease could have several phases that scientists are only now observing, a period of symptoms followed by dormancy followed by more symptoms. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "When should I get tested? Should I shake my doctor's hand? You have COVID-19 questions, we have answers," 12 Mar. 2020 The lung injury not only put Mantha out of action but forced him into a state of dormancy. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Anthony Mantha good to go, will return Tuesday in Buffalo," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of dormancy

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dormancy was in 1789

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29 May 2020

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“Dormancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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