taproot

[tap-root, -roo t]

Origin of taproot

First recorded in 1595–1605; tap2 + root1
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taproot

noun
  1. the large single root of plants such as the dandelion, which grows vertically downwards and bears smaller lateral roots
Derived Formstaprooted, adjective

Word Origin for taproot

C17: from tap ² + root 1
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Word Origin and History for tap-root

taproot

n.

c.1600, from tap (n.) + root (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tap-root in Science

taproot

[tăprōōt′, -rut′]
  1. 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.
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tap-root in Culture

taproot

The single deep root of many deciduous trees that forms the basis for their root systems.

Note

Figuratively, a “taproot” is the source of an idea or work: “His childhood in Wales is the taproot of his poetry.”
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