Gibberellin

Any of several growth-regulating plant hormones that promote cell elongation and activity of the cambium, induce parthenocarpy (itself the natural or artificially induced production of fruit without fertilization of eggs, so that the fruit is seedless), and stimulate synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins.

From the story “Actors” in the collection Dictation by Cynthia Ozick, page 54.

The usage in context here is pretty undistinguished, as the word appears in a list of words that the author of crossword puzzles happens to know. It’s not really worth quoting.

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