after-ripening

[af-ter-rahy-puh-ning, ahf-]

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.

Nearby words

  1. after one's own heart,
  2. after the fact,
  3. after-dinner,
  4. after-hours,
  5. after-party,
  6. after-run,
  7. after-school,
  8. afterbeat,
  9. afterbirth,
  10. afterbody

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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