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root1 US English

The part of a plant that 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 fibers

root2 US English

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

root US Thesaurus

a plant's roots

at root US English

Basically; fundamentally

cube root US English

The number that produces a given number when cubed

pig-root US English

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

take root US English

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

root for US English

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

root beer US English

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

root crop US English

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

root fly US English

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

root hair US 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 US English

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

root run US English

The space over which the roots of a plant extend

root sign US English

Another term for radical sign.

celery root US English

Another term for celeriac.

root canal US English

The pulp-filled cavity in the root of a tooth

root cause US English

The basic cause of something

root cellar US English

A domestic cellar used for storing root vegetables

square root US English

A number that produces a specified quantity when multiplied by itself

buttress root US English

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

tuberous root US English

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

unicorn root US English

Any of a number of plants in the lily family, especially those with roots having medicinal uses, in particular devil’s bit and colicroot

root directory US English

The directory at the highest level of a hierarchy

root vegetable US English

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

root and branch US English

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

root something out US English

Dig or pull up a plant by the roots

root someone on US English

Cheer or spur someone on

root mean square US English

The square root of the arithmetic mean of the squares of a set of values, used as a measure of the typical magnitude of a set of numbers, regardless of their sign

strike at the root of US English

Affect in a vital area with potentially destructive results

at root in root1 US English

Basically; fundamentally

money is the root of all evil US English

Greed gives rise to selfish or wicked actions

taproot US English

A straight tapering root growing vertically downward and forming the center from which subsidiary rootlets spring

alumroot US English

A heuchera, especially the green-flowered H. americana and the white-flowered H. parvifolia

alum root in alumroot US English

A heuchera, especially the green-flowered H. americana and the white-flowered H. parvifolia

rootball US English

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

root ball in rootball US English

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

arrowroot US English

A West Indian herbaceous plant from which a starch is prepared

calamus root in calamus US English

A preparation of the aromatic root of the sweet flag

colicroot US English

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

grass roots US English

The most basic level of an activity or organization

root nodule in nodule US English

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

orris US English

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

root for in root US Thesaurus

Mollie roots for the Broncos

root out in root US Thesaurus

the hedge was rooted out

root and branch in root1 US English

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

take root in root1 US English

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

take root in root US Thesaurus

leave the plants to take root

cabbage maggot US English

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


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