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

Definition of afterripening

: 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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First Known Use of afterripening

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterripening

after- + ripening, gerund of ripen

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“Afterripening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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