hi·ber·nate 'hī-bər-.nāt vi, -nat·ed; -nat·ing to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state esp to pass the winter in a torpid condition in which the body temperature drops to a little above freezing and metabolic activity is reduced nearly to zero compare ESTIVATE
hi·ber·na·tion .hī-bər-'nā-shən n
hi·ber·na·tor 'hī-bər-.nāt-ər n

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