Examples of hibernate in a Sentence
bears hibernating in their dens
Recent Examples of hibernate from the Web
White-nose is caused by a fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans or Pd, and spreads easily among hibernating bats in winter.
The inland bear is portrayed inside a cave or den, although polar bears most likely never hibernated in Iceland.
As a precautionary measure, HAL also terminates the life functions of the three hibernating crew members.
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Origin and Etymology of hibernate
Latin hibernatus, past participle of hibernare to pass the winter, from hibernus of winter; akin to Latin hiems winter, Greek cheimōn
First Known Use: 1816See Words from the same year
HIBERNATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hibernate for English Language Learners
of an animal : to spend the winter sleeping or resting
HIBERNATE Defined for Kids
Definition of hibernate for Students
: to pass all or part of the winter in an inactive state in which the body temperature drops and breathing slows
Medical Definition of hibernate
: to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state; especially : to pass the winter in a torpid condition in which the body temperature drops to a little above freezing and metabolic activity is reduced nearly to zero—compare estivate
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