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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

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Tea plant roots were washed with distilled water and wiped with tissue paper at the start of all experiments.
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Several models have been developed to quantitatively describe and predict the processes involving the movement of soil water and its extraction by plant roots (Hillei 1982; Hopmans and Bristow 2002; Wang and Engel 2002).
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weather but lets extra water drain during rainy seasons so plant roots do not stay too wet.
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