afterripening

noun af·ter·rip·en·ing \¦af-tər-¦rī-pən-iŋ\

Definition of afterripening

  1. :  a complex enzymatic process occurring in seeds, bulbs, tubers, and fruits after harvesting and often necessary for subsequent germination or palatable consumption

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Origin and Etymology of afterripening

after- + ripening, gerund of ripen


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