in a period of dormancy.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
dormant (adjective)
1.
represented on a coat of arms in a lying position with the head on the forepaws
2.
marked by a suspension of activity as
a) temporarily devoid of external activity - a dormant volcano
b) temporarily in abeyance yet capable of being activated
3.
a) - asleep inactive
b) having the faculties suspended - sluggish
c) having biological activity suspended as
(1) being in a state of suspended animation
(2) not actively growing but protected (as by bud scales) from the environment - used of plant parts
4.
associated with, carried out, or applied during a period of - dormancy dormant grafting latent
dormant (Wikipedia)

Dormant, "sleeping", may refer to:

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