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The basic cause, source, or origin of something
“To Kaitlin, he looked like the root of all her nightmares.”
The part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibres
“Her foot caught on a root and she fell head first down the hill they were descending.”
Family, ethnic, or cultural origins
“This was somewhat ironic, as I know for a fact that my family once had its roots in the moors of England as well, and that we were one of the wealthier families and reviled by many.”
To set solidly in or as if in surrounding matter
“He rooted around in the cupboard and brought out a packet of biscuits.”
“The resulting soil is loose and fast draining, which encourages plants to root deeply, well away from the desiccating heat at the surface.”
“The best way to propagate your favorites is to root stem cuttings taken from your own plants in spring.”
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