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air layering

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noun Horticulture.
a method of propagating a plant by girdling or cutting part way into a stem or branch and packing the area with a moist medium, as sphagnum moss, stimulating root formation so that the stem or branch can be removed and grown as an independent plant.
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Origin of air layering

First recorded in 1895–1900; air layer + -ing1
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