rootstock

noun
root·​stock | \ˈrüt-ˌstäk, ˈru̇t-\

Definition of rootstock 

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 3b

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In the early 1950s, a horticulturist at Glenn Dale named John Creech began to see the callery pears there not as a rootstock for the common pear but as an extraordinarily handsome and tough street tree in its own right. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 Either grow plums as a bush on dwarfing rootstock or as a fan. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "8 Fruit Trees You Can Grow Right on Your Porch," 24 July 2018 Each Bradford scion would be genetically identical, but the rootstocks each had their own DNA. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 Instead, new vines are created not from seeds but by cutting pieces of existing vines and grafting them to rootstock. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018 Either grow plums as a bush on dwarfing rootstock or as a fan. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "8 Fruit Trees You Can Grow Right On Your Balcony," 4 Apr. 2017 What new: There is an increasing range of finger lime selections that are budded onto citrus rootstock. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Finger limes the ‘caviar’ of citrus for your garden," 9 Apr. 2018 Are there some cases in which the plant looks dead, but the rootstock could be alive? Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Months after Wine Country fires, damaged vineyards face uncertainty," 4 Jan. 2018 The French solved their louse problem in the end by grafting French vines onto American rootstock, which was resistant to the bugs; growers in Rioja had to adopt the same solution when the disease made its way to their vineyards. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "This Family in a Medieval Town in Rioja Is Producing Some of the Best Red Wine in the World," 6 Nov. 2015

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First Known Use of rootstock

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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