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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 someone's boot British & World English

An exclamation of exasperation

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

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

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 note in root1 British & World English

The fundamental note of a chord

arrowroot British & World English

A herbaceous Caribbean plant from which a starch is prepared

calamus root in calamus British & World English

A preparation of the aromatic root of the sweet flag

grass roots British & World English

The most basic level of an activity or organization

root nodule in nodule British & World English

A swelling on a root of a leguminous plant, containing nitrogen-fixing bacteria

orris British & World English

A preparation of the fragrant rootstock of an iris, used in perfumery and formerly in medicine

orris root in orris British & World English

A preparation of the fragrant rootstock of an iris, used in perfumery and formerly in medicine

root for in root English Thesaurus

the clamour of baseball fans rooting for their team

root and branch in root1 British & World English

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

take root in root1 British & World English

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

take root in root English Thesaurus

leave the plants to take root over the next couple of weeks


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