[tap-root, -roo t]
Origin of taproot
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Examples from the Web for taproot
Some of them had sent down a taproot nearly or quite three inches in length.Walnut Growing in Oregon
Domesticity is the taproot which enables the nation to branch wide and high.
The root of evil, the taproot from which the evils of modern society develop, is the profit idea.The Common Sense of Socialism
No tree can grow in it, for the moment the taproot touches the Black Ram the tree dies.A Book of Ghosts
Taproot: the main root of a plant, which runs directly down into the earth to a considerable depth without dividing.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
- the large single root of plants such as the dandelion, which grows vertically downwards and bears smaller lateral roots
C17: from tap ² + root 1
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Word Origin and History for taproot
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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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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