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after-ripening

[af-ter-rahy-puh-ning, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌraɪ pə nɪŋ, ˈɑf-/
noun
1.
biochemical or physical changes that occur in a dormant seed to ensure germination and in fruits after harvesting.
2.
the period during which this occurs.
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after-ripening

noun
1.
(botany) the period of internal change that is necessary in some apparently mature seeds before germination can occur
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