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[root-kap, roo t-] /ˈrutˌkæp, ˈrʊt-/
noun, Botany.
the loose mass of epidermal cells covering the apex of most roots, serving to protect the meristematic cells behind it.
Origin of rootcap
First recorded in 1875-80; root1 + cap1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This is evidently an adaptation which protects the young and actively growing cells just under the root cap.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
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root cap

a hollow cone of loosely arranged cells that covers the growing tip of a root and protects it during its passage through the soil
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root cap in Science
root cap  
A thimble-shaped mass of cells that covers and protects the root tip of plants. Also called calyptra.
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