Plants and Animals

Term Definition
hibernate To go into a deep, sleeplike state for winter.
migrate To travel from one place to another and back again.
instinct An inherited behavior of an animal that helps it meet its needs.
camouflage The coloring, marking, or other physical appearance of an animal that helps it blend in with its surroundings.
behavior The way an organism usually acts in a certain situation.
mimicry An adaptation in which a harmless organism looks like an animal that is poisonous or that tastes bad, so that predators avoid it.
learned behavior A behavior that an animal doesn't begin life with but develops as a result of experience or by observing other animals.
tadpole A young frog that comes out of an egg and has gills to take in oxygen from the water.
pupa The stage of complete metamorphosis in which an insect changes from a larva to an adult.
larva The stage between egg and pupa in complete metamorphosis in insects.
adaptation A trait or characteristic that helps an organism survive.
pollen A powder-like material that plants need to make seeds.
spore A reproductive structure made by seedless plants, including mosses and ferns.
pollination The transfer of pollen from the male structures to the female structures of seed plants.
metamorphosis A phase in the life cycle of many animals during which they undergo major changes in body form.
germinate To start to grow (from a seed).
reproduce To make more living things of the same kind.
flower The part of a flowering plant that produces seeds.
cone The part of some nonflowering plants where seeds form.
life cycle The stages that a living thing passes through as it grows and changes.

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