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    Definition:
    Root - (v. i.) To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine.
    Root - (v. i.) Hence, to seek for favor or advancement by low arts or groveling servility; to fawn servilely.
    Root - (v. t.) To turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth.
    Root - (n.) The underground portion of a plant, whether a true root or a tuber, a bulb or rootstock, as in the potato, the onion, or the sweet flag.
    Root - (n.) The descending, and commonly branching, axis of a plant, increasing in length by growth at its extremity only, not divided into joints, leafless and without buds, and having for its offices to fix the plant in the earth, to supply it with moisture and soluble matters, and sometimes to serve as a reservoir of nutriment for future growth. A true root, however, may never reach the ground, but may be attached to a wall, etc., as in the ivy, or may hang loosely in the air, as in some epiphytic orchids.
    Root - (n.) An edible or esculent root, especially of such plants as produce a single root, as the beet, carrot, etc.; as, the root crop.
    Root - (n.) That which resembles a root in position or function, esp. as a source of nourishment or support; that from which anything proceeds as if by growth or development; as, the root of a tooth, a nail, a cancer, and the like.
    Root - (n.) An ancestor or progenitor; and hence, an early race; a stem.
    Root - (n.) A primitive form of speech; one of the earliest terms employed in language; a word from which other words are formed; a radix, or radical.
    Root - (n.) The cause or occasion by which anything is brought about; the source.
    Root - (n.) That factor of a quantity which when multiplied into itself will produce that quantity; thus, 3 is a root of 9, because 3 multiplied into itself produces 9; 3 is the cube root of 27.
    Root - (n.) The fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed.
    Root - (n.) The lowest place, position, or part.
    Root - (n.) The time which to reckon in making calculations.
    Root - (v. i.) To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.
    Root - (v. i.) To be firmly fixed; to be established.
    Root - (v. t.) To plant and fix deeply in the earth, or as in the earth; to implant firmly; hence, to make deep or radical; to establish; -- used chiefly in the participle; as, rooted trees or forests; rooted dislike.
    Root - (v. t.) To tear up by the root; to eradicate; to extirpate; -- with up, out, or away.
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    Alum root - () A North American herb (Heuchera Americana) of the Saxifrage family, whose root has astringent properties.
    Arrowroot - (n.) A west Indian plant of the genus Maranta, esp. M. arundinacea, now cultivated in many hot countries. It said that the Indians used the roots to neutralize the venom in wounds made by poisoned arrows.
    Arrowroot - (n.) A nutritive starch obtained from the rootstocks of Maranta arundinacea, and used as food, esp. for children an invalids; also, a similar starch obtained from other plants, as various species of Maranta and Curcuma.
    Birthroot - (n.) An herbaceous plant (Trillium erectum), and its astringent rootstock, which is said to have medicinal properties.
    Bitterroot - (n.) A plant (Lewisia rediviva) allied to the purslane, but with fleshy, farinaceous roots, growing in the mountains of Idaho, Montana, etc. It gives the name to the Bitter Root mountains and river. The Indians call both the plant and the river Spaet'lum.
    Blackroot - (n.) See Colicroot.
    Bloodroot - (n.) A plant (Sanguinaria Canadensis), with a red root and red sap, and bearing a pretty, white flower in early spring; -- called also puccoon, redroot, bloodwort, tetterwort, turmeric, and Indian paint. It has acrid emetic properties, and the rootstock is used as a stimulant expectorant. See Sanguinaria.
    Breadroot - (n.) The root of a leguminous plant (Psoralea esculenta), found near the Rocky Mountains. It is usually oval in form, and abounds in farinaceous matter, affording sweet and palatable food.
    Chay root - () The root of the Oldenlandia umbellata, native in India, which yieds a durable red dyestuff.
    Cheroot - (n.) A kind of cigar, originally brought from Mania, in the Philippine Islands; now often made of inferior or adulterated tobacco.
    Choy root - () See Chay root.
    Colicroot - (n.) A bitter American herb of the Bloodwort family, with the leaves all radical, and the small yellow or white flowers in a long spike (Aletris farinosa and A. aurea). Called sometimes star grass, blackroot, blazing star, and unicorn root.
    Disrooted - (imp. & p. p.) of Disroot
    Disrooting - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Disroot
    Disroot - (v. t.) To tear up the roots of, or by the roots; hence, to tear from a foundation; to uproot.
    Enroot - (v. t.) To fix by the root; to fix fast; to implant deep.
    Orangeroot - (n.) An American ranunculaceous plant (Hidrastis Canadensis), having a yellow tuberous root; -- also called yellowroot, golden seal, etc.
    Outroot - (v. t.) To eradicate; to extirpate.
    Pegroots - (n.) Same as Setterwort.
    Pinkroot - (n.) The root of Spigelia Marilandica, used as a powerful vermifuge; also, that of S. Anthelmia. See definition 2 (below).
    Pinkroot - (n.) A perennial North American herb (Spigelia Marilandica), sometimes cultivated for its showy red blossoms. Called also Carolina pink, Maryland pinkroot, and worm grass.
    Pinkroot - (n.) An annual South American and West Indian plant (Spigelia Anthelmia).
    Prootic - (a.) In front of the auditory capsule; -- applied especially to a bone, or center of ossification, in the periotic capsule.
    Prootic - (n.) A prootic bone.
    Puttyroot - (n.) An American orchidaceous plant (Aplectrum hyemale) which flowers in early summer. Its slender naked rootstock produces each year a solid corm, filled with exceedingly glutinous matter, which sends up later a single large oval evergreen plaited leaf. Called also Adam-and-Eve.
    Redroot - (n.) A name of several plants having red roots, as the New Jersey tea (see under Tea), the gromwell, the bloodroot, and the Lachnanthes tinctoria, an endogenous plant found in sandy swamps from Rhode Island to Florida.
    Rooted - (imp. & p. p.) of Root
    Rooting - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Root
    Rootcap - (n.) A mass of parenchymatous cells which covers and protects the growing cells at the end of a root; a pileorhiza.
    Rooted - (a.) Having taken root; firmly implanted; fixed in the heart.
    Rooter - (n.) One who, or that which, roots; one that tears up by the roots.
    Rootery - (n.) A pile of roots, set with plants, mosses, etc., and used as an ornamental object in gardening.
    Rootless - (a.) Destitute of roots.
    Rootlet - (n.) A radicle; a little root.
    Rootstock - (n.) A perennial underground stem, producing leafly s/ems or flower stems from year to year; a rhizome.
    Rooty - (a.) Full of roots; as, rooty ground.
    Roseroot - (n.) A fleshy-leaved herb (Rhodiola rosea); rosewort; -- so called because the roots have the odor of roses.
    Snakeroot - (n.) Any one of several plants of different genera and species, most of which are (or were formerly) reputed to be efficacious as remedies for the bites of serpents; also, the roots of any of these.
    Soaproot - (n.) A perennial herb (Gypsophila Struthium) the root of which is used in Spain as a substitute for soap.
    Squawroot - (n.) A scaly parasitic plant (Conopholis Americana) found in oak woods in the United States; -- called also cancer root.
    Stoneroot - (n.) A North American plant (Collinsonia Canadensis) having a very hard root; horse balm. See Horse balm, under Horse.
    Stroot - (v. i.) To swell out; to strut.
    Sweetroot - (n.) Licorice.
    Taproot - (n.) The root of a plant which penetrates the earth directly downward to a considerable depth without dividing.
    Unroot - (v. t.) To tear up by the roots; to eradicate; to uproot.
    Unroot - (v. i.) To be torn up by the roots.
    Uproot - (v. t.) To root up; to tear up by the roots, or as if by the roots; to remove utterly; to eradicate; to extirpate.
    Wroot - () imp. of Write. Wrote.
    Yellowroot - (n.) Any one of several plants with yellow roots.
    Yellowroot - (n.) See Xanthorhiza.
    Yellowroot - (n.) Same as Orangeroot.
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    Oxford: Definition:
    Root - n. 1 a part of a plant normally below the ground, conveying nourishment from the soil. B (in pl.) Branches or fibres of this. C small plant with a root for transplanting. 2 a plant with an edible root. B such a root. 3 (in pl.) Emotional attachment or family ties to a place or community. 4 a embedded part of a hair, tooth, nail, etc. B part of a thing attaching it to a greater whole. 5 (often attrib.) Basic cause, source, nature, or origin (root of all evil; roots in the distant past; root cause; the root of things). 6 a number that when multiplied by itself a usu. Specified number of times gives a specified number or quantity (cube root of eight is two). B square root. C value of an unknown quantity satisfying a given equation. 7 core of a word, without prefixes, suffixes, etc. v. 1 (cause to) take root; grow roots (root them firmly). 2 (esp. As rooted adj.) Fix firmly; establish (rooted objection to; reaction rooted in fear). 3 (usu. Foll.
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    Arrowroot - n. 1 nutritious starch. 2 plant yielding this.
    Cheroot - n. Cigar with both ends open. [french from tamil]
    Club-root - n. Disease of cabbages etc. With swelling at the base of the stem.
    Cube root - n. Number which produces a given number when cubed.
    Deep-rooted - adj. (also deep-seated) firmly established, profound.
    Grass roots - n.pl. 1 fundamental level or source. 2 ordinary people; rank and file of an organization, esp. A political party.
    Orris root - n. Fragrant iris root used in perfumery etc.
    Rootstock - n. 1 rhizome. 2 plant into which a graft is inserted. 3 primary form from which offshoots have arisen.
    Square root - n. Number that multiplied by itself gives a specified number.
    Tap root - n. Tapering root growing vertically downwards.
    Uproot - v. 1 pull (a plant etc.) Up from the ground. 2 displace (a person). 3 eradicate.

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