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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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Root notes that poor national economic performance may bind the ruling party and their support base ever more closely together.
The addition of Cliff Williams on bass also was great because he has such a different style to Mark Evans--down strokes and lots of root notes, changes for drama; a resounding 10 out of 10.
Other changes, such as in body size or genetic variability within a species, might occur over longer periods, Root notes.