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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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Afterwards, a convoy will form up and head off towards Coventry - where Rootes had another major factory.
By the time the early gremlins had been ironed out, Rootes had lost interest and were embroiled in tangled warranty issues.
It examines, in slightly less detail, the cases of Ford UK, Rootes, and Rootes' purchaser, Chrysler UK.
We are an organization committed to excellence in all areas, and this commitment demands results on the field,'' general manager Jamey Rootes said.
HOUSTON -- Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes will speak on "Give Your Brand the Keys to Victory" at the September 10 luncheon of the American Marketing Association, Houston Chapter.
The series was made with the help of a grant from the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund, based at the university in Gibbet Hill Road, Gibbet Hill, Coventry.
Stephen Rootes will hold three days where exservice and current serving members can receive his originally-designed memorial tattoo at no cost.
William McShane, 68, who lost his job after Thatcher's policies brought down the Rootes car factory in Linwood, Renfrewshire, said: "It angers me that so much has been spent on her funeral.
The pillarless style was at first admired because it contained some exotic similarities to the Plymouth Barracuda, a product of Chrysler which had a stake in Rootes at that time.
ONE of the greatest losses to the British car market was the demise of the Humber brand at the death of the Rootes Group.
THE Hillman Minx was among a series of middle-sized family cars produced under the Hillman marque by the Rootes Group between 1932 and 1970.
The exhibition will also show the change in an industry once dominated by household names such as Austin, Morris, Rootes and Wolseley to one where brands like BMW, Honda, Nissan and Toyota are to the fore.