[ tap-root, -root ]
/ ˈtæpˌrut, -ˌrʊt /
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How to use taproot in a sentence
Can I really have found the tap-root of my illustrious ancestry at last?The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
You have no hold on a human being whose affections are without a tap-root!
The last illustration cuts at the root of all sin and crime, the tap-root of selfishness.Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of Matthew|John Monro Gibson
They reach away down and get a convulsive grip on the very tap-root of this flourishing faith.The Devil's Dictionary|Ambrose Bierce
A large grape-vine sent its tap-root through the crust of the earth, and by that they commenced to climb out.Mary and I|Stephen Return Riggs
British Dictionary definitions for taproot
/ (ˈtæpˌruːt) /
the large single root of plants such as the dandelion, which grows vertically downwards and bears smaller lateral roots
Derived forms of taproottaprooted, adjective
Word Origin for taproot
C17: from tap ² + root 1
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Scientific definitions for taproot
[ tăp′rōōt′, -rut′ ]
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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Cultural definitions for taproot
The single deep root of many deciduous trees that forms the basis for their root systems.
notes for taproot
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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