vernalization

noun 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

vernalize

play \ˈvər-nə-ˌlīz\ transitive verb

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Origin and Etymology of vernalization

vernal + -ization (as translation of Russian jarovizacija)


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