During the colder months these reptiles remain in a torpid state.
On retiring for the winter the hamster closes the various entrances to its burrow, and becomes torpid during the coldest period.
He became torpid, bloated and horrible to look at.
Under the influence of his disease, his senses became morbidly torpid, and his imagination morbidly active.
The life of the church seems, indeed, to have been in a more stagnant and torpid condition in this age than at any other period of English history.
A warmer day than usual restores it to temporary activity, and then it supplies itself with food from its autumn hoard, again becoming torpid till roused by the advent of spring.
Equally extensive, but less important in the political sphere, were the Papal States and Veneti, the former torpid under the obscurantist rule of pope and cardinals, the latter enervated by luxury and the policy of unmanly complaisance long pursued by doge and council.
Less favourable signs are furnished by such plants as Arundo Donax (in Germany), Cicuta virosa and Typha latifolia, which are found in stagnant and torpid waters.
They were pleasant spring days, in which the winter of man's discontent was thawing as well as the earth, and the life that had lain torpid began to stretch itself.
Wrangell (formerly Fort St Dionysius, Fort Stikine and Fort Wrangell), founded in 1833, is a dilapidated and torpid little village, of some interest in Alaskan history, and of temporary importance from 1874 to 1877 as the gateway to the Cassiar mines.