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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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It just takes over and because it's shallow rooted and dies back every year, it also leads to erosion problems on river banks.
Camellias are shallow rooted and grow best in light shade, in a soil with an acid tendency.
n Mulches such as wood chips, bark and gravel help prevent water evaporation and suppress weed growth If established plants and shrubs are watered too often they will remain shallow rooted, weakening the plant.

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