ver·​nal·​i·​za·​tion | \ˌvər-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of vernalization 

: the act or process of hastening the flowering and fruiting of plants by treating seeds, bulbs, or seedlings so as to induce a shortening of the vegetative period

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vernalize \ ˈvər-​nə-​ˌlīz \ transitive verb

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The onset of vernalization, or dormancy, is triggered by a plant hormone, then fruit-bearing vines, trees and canes begin to rest. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Despite mild winter, Treasure Valley fruit trees likely are doing OK | Idaho Statesman," 21 Feb. 2018 Lysenko just had to point at these mistaken figures and say, look, vernalization works. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Soviet Union's Scientific Marvels Came From Prisons," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of vernalization

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vernalization

vernal + -ization (as translation of Russian jarovizacija)

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