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understock

[verb uhn-der-stok; noun uhn-der-stok]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide an insufficient quantity, as of merchandise, supplies, or livestock.
noun
  1. Horticulture. (in grafting) the rooted plant that receives the scion.

Origin of understock

First recorded in 1755–65; under- + stock
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