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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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Wagar and Barker (1983) found that tree roots can cause major damage to sidewalks and curbs each year and that repair costs represent a large expense in any city's budget.
He lashed it and had to take his left hand off his club because of the jolt from the club cutting into the tree root.
In 2004 over 3,000 subsidence claimes were registered with the Halifaxmany of which were the consequence of wide tree root systems,'' said David Brown, chief actuary at Halifax General Insurance.
THIS MORNING I went into my back garden and deliberately tripped over a tree root several times at speed.
Vandalism, frost and tree root damage to the courts means they are no longer playable.
Cruelty is suggested by the animal bones on which undergarments are hung, or in the large tree root (Untitled, 1996), to which the artist added, in perfectly shaped wood, a human hand.
Miller also got lucky breaks on two holes, the first being the 11th, where he was up against a tree root, chipped his ball across the green and watched it hit a tree and ricochet back onto the putting surface.
Mr Ayres says the county council resurfaced the road in June 2003 but claims it failed to remove or make safe a 15-ft tree root.
They also have plenty of rocks to play on and explore as well as an upturned tree root, which is used for sentry duty.
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A: Contrary to common thinking, the tree root system is not a "reflection" of the tree's crown.