[ vur-nl-ahyz ]
/ ˈvɜr nlˌaɪz /
verb (used with object), ver·nal·ized, ver·nal·iz·ing.
to shorten the growth period of (a plant) by chilling or other special treatment of it, its seeds, or its bulbs.
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Also especially British, ver·nal·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM vernalizever·nal·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vernalize
/ (ˈvɜːnəˌlaɪz) /
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 of vernalizevernalization or vernalisation, noun
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