air layering

noun

: vegetative propagation of a plant (as one difficult or impossible to graft or bud) by enclosing a branch or shoot often after wounding or girdling in a moist medium (as sphagnum or soil) until roots have formed, the branch or shoot then being severed to form an independent plant compare marcottage

Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of air layering was in 1891

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“Air layering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20layering. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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