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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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The rhododendrons were very shallow rooted and have created a solid mat of roots just underneath the surface of the soil.
This makes shallow rooted plants such as onions and lettuce more susceptible to wilting during hot, dry weather.
In this study, we focus on the effect of root shallowness on interplant competition for phosphorus to test the following predictions: (i) in monogenetic stands, shallow rooted genotypes will be more efficient than deeper ones in phosphorus-limited soils and (ii) in polygenetic mixtures of shallow and deep rooted genotypes, shallow rooted genotypes will have a competitive advantage.

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