Vocabulary List

  • Estivate (aestivate): to become dormant (inactive) during summer or drought
  • Cellulose: the carbohydrate which makes up the main component of plant cell walls
  • Ruminant: any even-toed, hoofed mammal that chews its cud (cattle, bison, deer, giraffe, camel, etc.)
  • Cecum (caecum): Sac-like pouch at the beginning of the large intestine of most vertebrates.  Herbivores have larger ceca (plural for cecum) than carnivores since important cellulose digestion occurs here