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rootstock

[root-stok, roo t-]
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noun
  1. Horticulture. a root and its associated growth buds, used as a stock in plant propagation.
  2. Botany. a rhizome.
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Origin of rootstock

First recorded in 1930–35; root1 + stock
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Examples from the Web for rootstock

Historical Examples

  • The rootstock, which has a bitter and very acrid taste, is poisonous.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants

    A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

  • Internally the rootstock is whitish and of a spongy texture.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants

    A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

  • Description of Rootstock — The rootstock and roots are employed in medicine.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants

    A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

  • Of course, there are all gradations between a tuber and a rootstock.

  • Rootstock, root-like trunks or portions of stems on or under ground, 42.


British Dictionary definitions for rootstock

rootstock

noun
  1. another name for rhizome
  2. another name for stock (def. 7)
  3. biology a basic structure from which offshoots have developed
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rootstock in Science

rootstock

[rōōtstŏk′, rut-]
  1. See rhizome.
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