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hi·ber·nate

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 n hi*ber*na*tor n 
 
 

 
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