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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.
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noun
  1. Horticulture. (in grafting) the rooted plant that receives the scion.
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Origin of understock

First recorded in 1755–65; under- + stock
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