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  • n  (zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period
  • n  (botany) the arrangement of sepals and petals in a flower bud before it opens

  • Fortnight ago the 28th had completed three and one-half years of estivation in its mud-pie in a laboratory at New York University Medical College.

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