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rootage

[ roo-tij, root-ij ]

noun

  1. the act of taking root.
  2. a root system or firm fixture by means of roots. root.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of rootage1

First recorded in 1580–90; root 1 + -age

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Example Sentences

The soil in the bottom was a rich, alluvial deposit that gave verdure of all kinds deep rootage.

The opposite wall was covered with verdurehardy trees and shrubs found their rootage in the crevices between the rocks.

Dog Tate crawled out along the precarious support of the slimy rootage and slowly drew the mass of drift into shallow water.

The procession of rain and sun encouraged other futile efforts to find rootage.

Grass peeps between the stones in its court-yard, and the moss and lichen find rootage in its broken walls.

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