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after-ripening

[ af-ter-rahy-puh-ning, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tərˌraɪ pə nɪŋ, ˈɑf- /
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noun

biochemical or physical changes that occur in a dormant seed to ensure germination and in fruits after harvesting.
the period during which this occurs.

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Origin of after-ripening

First recorded in 1840–45
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British Dictionary definitions for after-ripening

after-ripening

noun

botany the period of internal change that is necessary in some apparently mature seeds before germination can occur
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