The plow passes along on both sides of the rows, just near enough for the wing to fairly reach the tap-root, which it severs.
Does the plant have a tap-root, or do the roots spread laterally?
From this tap-root other small ones branch off, and these divide repeatedly, forming a complex root system.
It is the tap-root of invention, of discovery, of originality.
You were such a devil of a fellow for getting at the tap-root of a subject.
The roots are of extraordinary length, a tree 77 feet in girth having a tap-root 110 feet in length.
And you must push it heartily, and likewise cut the tap-root of it (seize its big guns), or it will not roll away.
Mr. Rush: I have had a little experience with the tap-root theory.
He was quaking down to the tap-root of his salt-hardened soul, but he tried to put a different face on it as he took up his plow.
A member: You wouldn't recommend cutting back that tap-root too severely, would you?
The main root in gymnosperms, eudicotyledons, and magnoliids, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem. The taproot develops from the primary root. The taproot and its lateral roots penetrate deeper into the soil than the fibrous roots characteristic of monocotyledons. Compare fibrous root.