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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 That is about the time Bermuda grass comes out of dormancy, and any damage will become evident. Mark Kazlowski, Dallas News, "Local links: Golfers likely won’t know effects of winter storms on courses until mid-April," 24 Feb. 2021 At our latitude, Feb. 11 is the date that greenhouse workers once again notice that plants come out of dormancy and start growing. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "Mid-February sun is awakening Minnesota greenhouses," 11 Feb. 2021 The resurgence of the federal death penalty came after a nearly two decade dormancy. Paulina Smolinski, CBS News, "Dustin Higgs executed for role in 3 murders, Trump administration's 13th execution," 16 Jan. 2021 Once plants have safely entered their winter resting state, called dormancy, having frozen soil around their roots does them no harm. Beth Botts,, "Frozen soil is fine for gardens in winter, but mulching is important for another reason," 13 Dec. 2020 Based on my research this could be due to dormancy, disease (which could die off in spring) or lack of nitrogen. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: While it’s too late to fertilize, be ready for spring lawn care with these suggestions," 20 Dec. 2020 Warmer temperatures can cause plants to come out of dormancy earlier, throwing off natural cycles, or increase the risk of buds being killed off in a late spring freeze. Morgan Greene,, "50 degrees in December? Winter temps are rising across the country, and some of the biggest jumps are around the Great Lakes," 9 Dec. 2020 There’s also a lot to learn about the tumor environment, and how that might influence [dormancy]. Shraddha Chakradhar, STAT, "Elevated stress hormone levels could reawaken dormant cancer cells, study finds," 2 Dec. 2020 During the chilly northern winters, the plants sink into a protective dormancy. John Tlumacki, The Boston Globe, National Geographic, "Climate change is coming for New England's cranberries," 25 Nov. 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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3 Mar 2021

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“Dormancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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