verb. sleep during summer.
- catch some Z's
- log Z's
- be active
Example sentences of the word estivate
1. Noun, singular or mass
During dry spells, they dig burrows or take over old rodent holes and estivate, possibly even going into torpor.
2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
In colder climates they hibernate during the winter months, and in hotter climates they estivate during the summer months.
3. Verb, base form
Alternatively, snails inhabiting dry, arid regions will estivate -- a summer version of hibernation -- when water is scarce or when droughts occur.