The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a phase in the ripening of cereal grains. It is characterized by the yellowing of the entire plant, the waxlike consistency of the grain (hence the name), and the end of the accumulation of organic substances in the grain.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.