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fibrous root

a root, as in most grasses, having numerous, very fine branches of approximately the same length.
a root system that consists of very fine branches. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The packet was wrapped in a piece of birch-bark, and tied with a bit of fibrous root.

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • He ordered a bandage tied on651 the wound in my leg and put no seton in; once he made me eat something like a fibrous root (yldz).

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • It has a fibrous root, and a stalked, lanceolate, entire frond with a distinct midrib throughout.

    The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux
  • Out of this leafy stern descends a fibrous root, and ascends in its season, a capped seed.

    Proserpina, Volume 1 John Ruskin
  • But the preparation of the fibrous root was tedious, calling as it did for various processes of drying and pounding.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves
fibrous root in Science
fibrous root
Any of the roots in a system that is made up of many threadlike members of more or less equal length and is characteristic of monocotelydons. Fibrous roots develop from adventitious roots arising from the plant's stem and usually do not penetrate the soil very deeply. Because their roots attach themselves firmly to soil particles, plants with fibrous root systems are especially useful in preventing soil erosion. Compare taproot.
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