One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Horticulture. The propagation of plants by budding. Now historical and rare.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin emplastrātiōn-, emplastrātiō (in post-classical Latin also inplastratio) method of budding trees, in post-classical Latin also plaster for a wound, adhesive or glutinous quality, application of a plaster from emplastrāt-, past participial stem of emplastrāre + -iō.
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