root system

The configuration of a plant's various roots. See more at fibrous root taproot.

Nearby words

  1. root position,
  2. root pressure,
  3. root resection,
  4. root rot,
  5. root sheath,
  6. root test,
  7. root treatment,
  8. root up,
  9. root, elihu,
  10. root, john wellborn

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Examples from the Web for root system

  • It is not necessary to try to shape the root-system to any formal regularity.

    The Apple-Tree|L. H. Bailey
  • Success in using the antidote depends upon bringing it in contact with every part of the root-system of the plant.

  • This may give an idea of the odd and strange appearance of the root-system in a mangrove forest.

    The Romance of Plant Life|G. F. Scott Elliot
  • As a good part of the root-system is destroyed when the tree is dug, so is the top reduced to insure something like a balance.

    The Apple-Tree|L. H. Bailey