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estivate

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aestivate

(ĕs′tə-vāt′)
intr.v. esti·vated, esti·vating, esti·vates
Zoology To be in a dormant or torpid state during a hot dry period, such as the summer months.
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Among these odd species are the welwitschia (Welwitschia mirabilis, see box), a strange gymnosperm with indefinitely growing leaves that is a genuine living fossil, and the shrub Myrothamnus flabellifolius, the only mainland African species of its genus and of he family Myrothamnaceae--it contains only one other species, from the arid regions of Madagascar--which estivates (becomes dormant in the summer) by drying its leaves out, folding them like a fan, and turning black and brittle.
guttata has evolved flexible behavioral and physiological repertoires that allow them to estivate within, or disperse among, different habitats.
If temperature exceeds 80[degrees]F, hamsters estivate and become very difficult to rouse.
estivate: A dormant state during the heat of the summer.
Therefore, we suspect that frogs were not infested with larval mites in the vicinity of ponds in which they reproduce, but were infested in the shelters where they estivate during the dry season.