root stock

rootstock

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

Origin:
1930–35; root1 + stock

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rootstock (ˈruːtˌstɒk)
 
n
1.  another name for rhizome
2.  another name for stock
3.  biology a basic structure from which offshoots have developed

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rootstock   (rt'stŏk', rt'-)  Pronunciation Key 
See rhizome.
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