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How to use taproot in a sentence
Some of them had sent down a taproot nearly or quite three inches in length.Walnut Growing in Oregon | Various
The root of evil, the taproot from which the evils of modern society develop, is the profit idea.The Common Sense of Socialism | John Spargo
In truth, the leading foible of Hodgkinson through life, was vanity—the great taproot of all his irregularities and errors.The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor | Various
By the following autumn, the better seedlings will have ten or twelve inches of top, and two and a half or three feet of taproot.The Pecan and its Culture | H. Harold Hume
In normally developed trees of the same age, the taproot would have been three or four feet long.The Pecan and its Culture | H. Harold Hume
British Dictionary definitions for taproot
the large single root of plants such as the dandelion, which grows vertically downwards and bears smaller lateral roots
- taprooted, adjective
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Scientific definitions for taproot
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
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