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(physiology) To go through a state of low or lack of activity during hot, dry season.


Some animals that aestivate during the hot season are the lungfish (Protopterus), some toads and snails. The lungfish and toads for instance move underground during the hot dry season.

Word origin: Latin aestivare, from aestus, (heat).

Related form(s): aestivation (noun)