root cutting


Definition of root cutting

1 : a piece of root used in propagating a plant (as blackberry, horseradish, or oriental poppy) — compare cutting sense 1a
2 : the basal sections of jute fibers unsuitable for use in the spinning process usually used in plural root-cuttings are separated from the other fibers

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First Known Use of root cutting

1784, in the meaning defined above

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“Root cutting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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