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English definition of “torpor”


noun [U]     /ˈtɔː.pər/ US  /ˈtɔːr.pɚ/ (also torpidity,   /tɔːˈpɪd.ə.ti/   US  /tɔːrˈpɪd.ə.t̬i/)
formal the state of not being active and having no energy or enthusiasmBoredom, tedium and boring things specialized biology the state of reduced activity that some animals experience during the winterAnimal (non-human) behaviourFunctioningPerforming a function
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