ver·​nal·​i·​za·​tion ˌvər-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce vernalization (audio)
: 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
vernalize transitive verb

Examples of vernalization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These biennial plants produce seeds only in their second year, after a period of vernalization, or cold storage. Jessica Damiano, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2022 The gift of flavor that vernalization produces is shared by many winter crops. Jonathan Kauffman, Bon Appétit, 13 Apr. 2022 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, 21 Feb. 2018 Lysenko just had to point at these mistaken figures and say, look, vernalization works. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 5 May 2017

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Word History


vernal + -ization (as translation of Russian jarovizacija)

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vernalization was in 1933

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“Vernalization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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