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There are other meanings to this word relating to digging, hard work and political bribery. These did not appear in the 1913 Webster, and appear to have unrelated etymologies. I don't know when I;ll get a chance to track that down, but if anyone wants to dig in, it is something to keep in mind. Eclecticology 17:36 May 20, 2003 (UTC)

It might be good to split those senses but we would have to say etymology unknown. Only OEtyD has a theory and everyone else leaves it at "unknown". If we had more about the "digging" sense we might be able to get somewhere. Is it related to grave ?DCDuring TALK 01:14, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

These meanings likely come from Middle English "graven", meaning to dig or bury, from Old English "grafan". Emma May Smith (talk) 17:19, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

Verb 1 and 5[edit]

How is verb 1 (to implant a graft) and 5 (to implant a scion) any different? Could language samples be provided, please? --LA2 04:47, 23 August 2010 (UTC)