from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wild apple-tree used as a stock to graft upon.
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The worst and most twisted crabstock, if alive, possesses an active principle, which allows of successful grafting; not so with a dead branch.
Wild grapes are the fruits of the corrupt nature, fruit according to the crabstock, not according to the engrafted branch, from the root of bitterness, Heb. xii.