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[mass noun] A gibberellin which is used commercially, notably in germinating barley for malt.
- ‘Several of these mutants are insensitive to gibberellic acid.’
- ‘A number of alternative dwarfing genes have been reported to reduce plant height in wheat but show sensitivity to exogenous gibberellic acid.’
- ‘They assessed the reaction of a collection of dwarf barley lines to the application of gibberellic acid.’
- ‘The effects of gibberellic acid on stomatal diffusive resistance have been shown previously.’
- ‘At our botanic garden we have successfully produced seedlings by treating the seeds with gibberellic acid before sowing.’
1950s: gibberellic from modern Latin Gibberella (see gibberellin)+ -ic.
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