after-ripening

[af-ter-rahy-puh-ning, ahf-]
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
 
n
botany the period of internal change that is necessary in some apparently mature seeds before germination can occur

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It was found that the seed had an after-ripening period and could only be germinated in the spring.
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