Definition of Rootstock

1. Noun. A horizontal plant stem with shoots above and roots below serving as a reproductive structure.

Exact synonyms: Rhizome, Rootstalk
Generic synonyms: Stalk, Stem
Derivative terms: Rhizomatous



2. Noun. Root or part of a root used for plant propagation; especially that part of a grafted plant that supplies the roots.
Generic synonyms: Stock

Definition of Rootstock

1. n. A perennial underground stem, producing leafly s&?;ems or flower stems from year to year; a rhizome.

Definition of Rootstock

1. Noun. (agriculture) A healthy plant that is used as the base for grafting a scion ¹

2. Noun. (by extension) The necessary basis for something to develop ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rootstock

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Rootstock

1. A short, erect, swollen structure at the junction of the root and shoot systems of a plant. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rootstock

rootlessness
rootlessnesses
rootlet
rootlet system
rootlets
rootlike
rootling
rootlings
roots
roots of olfactory tract
roots of trigeminal nerve
rootsier
rootsiest
rootstalk
rootstalks
rootstock (current term)
rootstocks
rootsy
rootwork
rootworm
rootworms
rooty
rootzone
rootzones
rooves
ropa vieja
ropable
ropalic
ropalocytosis
rope

Literary usage of Rootstock

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"rootstock tuberous: st. simple, 1-2 ft. high, leafy to the apex: Ivs. sessile, alternate, ... (X! i) rootstock several inches long, about J^in. thick, ..."

2. The Student's Flora of the British Islands by Joseph Dalton Hooker (1878)
"a. i RIS, L. rootstock tuberous or creeping. ... rootstock creeping, stout. Leaves 2-4ft., £-1 in. broad. Scape 2-4 ft., leafy, often branched at the top; ..."

3. The Botanical Text-book by Asa Gray (1853)
"Each year's growth is marked in the rootstock of the Iris, &c., by a set of annular leaf-scars, left by the decay of the foliage of that year. ..."

4. Structural Botany: Or Organography on the Basis of Morphology. To which is by Asa Gray (1879)
"... and the cutting or tearing of the rootstock into pieces by the hoc or plough merely hastens the establishment of as many new plants, each with roots, ..."

5. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1908)
"It there branches freely, assuming the form of a large complex blanched rootstock, and becomes wholly parasitic. It passes its whole mature life under ..."

6. The Student's Flora of the British Islands by Joseph Dalton Hooker (1884)
"rootstock tuberous, enclosing at its top the bud of the next year's frond. ... rootstock creeping. Stem erect, terete, jointed, grooved, hollow except at ..."

7. Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States: Including the District by Asa Gray (1868)
"Perennial herb, with a strong odor like that of the skunk, and also somewhat alliaceous ; a thick descending rootstock bearing a multitude of long and ..."

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