from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The process of making a graft in horticulture.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The process and the operation of grafting, or the state or condition of being grafted: acomprehensive term comprising the act of grafting and all the questions of science, practice, and description that grow out of the operation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Hort.) The science of grafting, including the various methods of practice and details of operation.
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This tree bore such fine thin-shelled easy-to-crack nuts and lent itself so readily to being propagated by graftage and had so many other good characteristics that we have selected it as representative of the black walnut varieties for the north and have named it the Weschcke walnut and patented the variety.
The methods of graftage of the commercial apple-tree are two -- by cion-grafting whereby a bit of wood with two or three buds is inserted on the stock, by bud-grafting (budding) whereby a single bud with a bit of bark attached is inserted under the bark of the stock.
Therefore, it is not the variety (that is, the top) that is wanted in the raising of these numerous plants, but merely the roots, on which desired varieties may be grown by the clever art of graftage.