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To overwinter is to pass through or wait out the winter season, or to pass through that period of the year when “winter” conditions (cold temperatures, ice, snow, limited food supplies) make normal activity or survival difficult or impossible. In some cases “winter” is characterized not necessarily by cold but by dry conditions; passing through such periods could likewise be called overwintering. Alternately, overwintering can refer to spending winter in a more favourable (usually warmer) locale.
Additional recommended knowledge
Hibernation and migration are the two major ways in which overwintering is accomplished.
The term overwinter is used in several contexts. Some of these follow:
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