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vernalize

[vur-nl-ahyz] /ˈvɜr nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), vernalized, vernalizing.
1.
to shorten the growth period of (a plant) by chilling or other special treatment of it, its seeds, or its bulbs.
Origin of vernalize
1820-1830
1820-30; vernal + -ize
Related forms
vernalization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vernalization

vernalize

/ˈvɜːnəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to subject ungerminated or germinating seeds to low temperatures, which is essential for many (plants) of temperate environments to ensure germination in some species and flowering in others
Derived Forms
vernalization, vernalisation, noun
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vernalization in Science
vernalization
  (vûr'nə-lĭ-zā'shən)   
The subjection of seeds or seedlings to low temperature in order to hasten plant development and flowering. Vernalization is commonly used for crop plants such as winter rye and is possible because the seeds and buds of many plants require cold in order to break dormancy.
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