Pronounced: koh-puh-SEH-tick, adj

Notes: Also copasetic. I kind of know this word (it was marginal)

Yesterday’s word

The word estivate means

  • to spend the summer, as at a specific place of in a certain activity
  • (in zoology) to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state, as certain reptiles, snails, and insects.
First usage

Our word came into English in the mid-1600s

Background / Comments

I assume the zoological definition was first, and it became more generalized to the first listed definition. I actually have not heard it used for the first definition above; I’ve heard it used as a contrast to ‘hibernate’. Our word comes from the Latin word aestīvātus, which is the part participle of aestīvāre (to reside during the summer).

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Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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