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diapauseDiapause (ger.)

  • A period of retardation or suspension of development in some insects. (OED 2011)

    I shall designate [...] the intervening resting stage as the diapause.

    Wheeler, W.M. (1893). A contribution to insect embryology. J. Morphol. 8, 1-160: 68.


    diapause A resting phase; a period of suspended growth or development, characterized by greatly reduced metabolic activity, usually during hibernation or aestivation.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 67.