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  • v. To ripen too much; to become overripe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make too ripe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make too ripe.


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over- +‎ ripen


  • Granite is an acidic soil at altitude and this combination of very hot days and cool nights means the grapes don't overripen and produce too much sugar.

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  • This book, his greatest (though he claimed to prefer two of his more refined and ponderous works), is lovable enough, unsettling enough and dissatisfying enough -- altogether granular enough -- that I hereby make the following prediction: "Huckleberry Finn" will never overripen, nor grow stale, nor ossify.

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  • After medlars are picked they are stored calyx end down and allowed to overripen.

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  • Among these is the fact that, when allowed to overripen so that the pods split, the flavor of vanilla is at its finest.

    Vanilla: A Mexican Native Regains Its Reputation

  • Unfortunately, the cherry cat moved with its owners and left the poor tree defenseless...some were lost to squirrels, others were lost to a thing that slept in the front garden, but most were lost because they were allowed to overripen and burst...

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  • Also, in hot climates grapes easily overripen, creating huge amounts of sugar that turn into alcohol bombs during fermentation.

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  • Even when they have fully ripened, refrigeration causes a mealy texture, and it’s best to keep them unrefrigerated unless otherwise they are going to overripen and rot.



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