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vernalization Line breaks: ver¦nal|iza¦tion
Pronunciation: /vəːn(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
(also vernalisation)

Definition of vernalization in English:


[mass noun]
The cooling of seed during germination in order to accelerate flowering when it is planted.
Example sentences
  • This experiment was repeated in part during 2000-2001: 15 plants received zero hours of vernalization and 15 full vernalization.
  • Chilling prevents flower initiation in Fragaria, rather than accelerating it as vernalization does in winter annuals.
  • Indeed, with the montane population, even 10 weeks vernalization of seeds did not result in 100% flowering.


Pronunciation: /ˈvəːn(ə)lʌɪz/
(also vernalise) verb
Example sentences
  • Growers should be able to tell if the wheat has vernalized by May 21.
  • Most plants bought in spring have been vernalized (gone through a winter dormancy) and will establish easily.
  • Plants from winter-type cultivars were first vernalized and then kept in the greenhouse.


1930s: translation of Russian yarovizatsiya.

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