vernalize

[ 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 .

Origin of vernalize

First recorded in 1820–30; vernal + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM vernalize

ver·nal·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vernalize

vernalize

vernalise

/ (ˈvɜːnəˌlaɪz) /

verb

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 vernalize

vernalization or vernalisation, noun
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