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Archive for July 3rd, 2012

Estivate

The other day, an Arizonian family member posted the definition for the word estivate on Facebook. It was a new one for me. Ruby, however, said, “Oh, yeah. Estivate.”

Ruby estivating on the couch.

estivate |ˈestəˌvāt| |ˈɛstəˈveɪt| |ˈiːstɪveɪt| |ˈɛst-| (also aestivate)
verb [ intrans. ] Zoology
(of an animal, particularly an insect, fish, or amphibian) spend a hot or dry period in a prolonged state of torpor or dormancy.

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