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A diapause is a period of physiologically enforced dormancy between periods of activity.

Hibernate and estivate are related words. Diapause differs from these because it does not specify a distinguished type or amount of time spent in suspension.

A prolonged diapause, typically lasting a few years, is a common trait among many species of insect during their larval phase.

Anagrams of diapause include: a paid use, PA USA die, and asia dupe.

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