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dwarfing

[ dwawr-fing ]
/ ˈdwɔr fɪŋ /
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noun Biology.

a process in which an animal breed or plant cultivar is intentionally induced, as by selective breeding and genetic engineering, to produce a breed or cultivar that is significantly smaller than the original: bulldogs and commercial fruit trees are examples of organisms that have been subjected to dwarfing.

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Origin of dwarfing

First recorded in 1620–30; dwarf + -ing1
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