- a shoot or twig that is induced to root while still attached to the living stock, as by bending and covering with soil.
- a plant so propagated.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of layer
- a shoot or branch rooted during layering
- a plant produced as a result of layering
Word Origin for layer
1832, from layer (n.). Related: Layered; layering.
late 14c., "one who or that lays" (especially stones, "a mason"), agent noun from lay (v.). Passive sense of "that which is laid over a surface" first recorded 1610s, but because earliest English use was in cookery, this is perhaps from French liue "binding," used of a thickened sauce. Layer cake attested from 1881.