rootstock

noun

root·​stock ˈrüt-ˌstäk How to pronounce rootstock (audio)
ˈru̇t-
1
: a rhizomatous underground part of a plant
2
: a stock for grafting consisting of a root or a piece of root
broadly : stock sense 7b

Examples of rootstock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Occasionally the rootstock revolts, so to speak, and sends up its own shoots. Dawn Pettinelli, Hartford Courant, 29 June 2024 Fruit trees are sensitive to temperature fluctuations Fruit trees have two parts, the rootstock and the scion wood, that are grafted together to form a single tree. Matt Kasson, The Conversation, 22 Mar. 2024 The new guard has resuscitated Crete’s native grapes, replanting surviving and abandoned vines on hardy American rootstock, and focusing on 11 of the most successful varieties that are now at the core of Crete’s wine scene. Shana Clarke, Saveur, 15 May 2024 The Romans, most likely, brought the first rootstocks. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 4 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rootstock 

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rootstock was in 1832

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“Rootstock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rootstock. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

rootstock

noun
root·​stock ˈrüt-ˌstäk How to pronounce rootstock (audio)
ˈru̇t-
1
2
: a root or part of a root to which an aboveground plant part is grafted

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