rootstock

noun
root·​stock | \ ˈrüt-ˌstäk How to pronounce rootstock (audio) , 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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Harvard’s firms continued to plant rootstock on its Shandon-area properties. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Harvard Quietly Amasses California Vineyards—and the Water Underneath," 10 Dec. 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 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 The sour orange made it to what is now the U.S. when the Spanish colonized Florida, where the tree was used primarily for its hardy rootstock, which was grafted with sweet orange. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 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 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

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First Known Use of rootstock

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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