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root1 British & World English

The part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibres

root2 British & World English

(Of an animal) turn up the ground with its snout in search of food

root English Thesaurus

the fungus attacks a plant's roots

at root British & World English

Basically; fundamentally

alum root British & World English

Another term for heuchera.

cube root British & World English

The number which produces a given number when cubed

pig-root British & World English

(Of a horse or other animal) kick upwards with the hind legs, keeping the head down and the forelegs firmly planted

take root British & World English

(Of a plant) begin to grow and draw nourishment from the soil through its roots

root for British & World English

Support or hope for the success of (a person or group entering a contest or undertaking a challenge)

root ball British & World English

The mass formed by the roots of a plant and the soil surrounding them

root beer British & World English

An effervescent drink made from an extract of the roots and bark of certain plants

root crop British & World English

A crop that is a root vegetable or other root, e.g. sugar beet

root fly British & World English

A dark slender fly whose larvae may cause serious damage to the roots of crops

root hair British & World English

Each of a large number of elongated microscopic outgrowths from the outer layer of cells in a root, absorbing moisture and nutrients from the soil

root-knot British & World English

A disease of cultivated flowers and vegetables caused by eelworm infestation, resulting in galls on the roots

root run British & World English

The space over which the roots of a plant extend

root sign British & World English

Another term for radical sign.

colic root British & World English

A North American plant of the lily family, with a rosette of leaves and a spike of small goblet-shaped white flowers, formerly used in the treatment of colic

root-bound British & World English

Another term for pot-bound.

root canal British & World English

The pulp-filled cavity in the root of a tooth

root cause British & World English

The basic cause of something

root cellar British & World English

A domestic cellar used for storing root vegetables

square root British & World English

A number which produces a specified quantity when multiplied by itself

buttress root British & World English

A tree root whose upper, exposed parts project from the trunk like a buttress

tuberous root British & World English

A thick and fleshy root like a tuber but without buds, as in the dahlia

unicorn root British & World English

Any of a number of plants in the lily family, especially those with roots having medicinal uses, in particular:

root directory British & World English

The directory at the highest level of a hierarchy

root vegetable British & World English

The fleshy enlarged root of a plant used as a vegetable, e.g. a carrot, swede, or beetroot

cabbage root fly British & World English

A small fly whose larvae feed on the roots and stems of cabbages and related plants and can be a serious pest

root and branch British & World English

Used to express the thorough or radical nature of a process or operation

root something out British & World English

Dig or pull up a plant by the roots

root someone on British & World English

Cheer or spur someone on

root mean square British & World English

The square root of the arithmetic mean of the squares of a set of values

root mean square New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(three words, hyphen when attributive; abbreviation rms)

root something out in root2 British & World English

Find or extract something by rummaging

root something up in root something out British & World English

Dig or pull up a plant by the roots

strike at the root of British & World English

Affect in a vital area with potentially destructive results

at root in root1 British & World English

Basically; fundamentally

take root in root1 British & World English

(Of a plant) begin to grow and draw nourishment from the soil through its roots

root for in root2 British & World English

Support or hope for the success of (a person or group entering a contest or undertaking a challenge)

rooted in root1 British & World English

Cause (someone) to stand immobile through fear or amazement

money is the root of all evil British & World English

Avarice gives rise to selfish or wicked actions

taproot British & World English

A straight tapering root growing vertically downwards and forming the centre from which subsidiary rootlets spring

root something up in root1 British & World English

Dig or pull up a plant by the roots


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