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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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Unfortunately, the ball did notclearthe root, ricocheted off the tree root, and struck the member In the right eye.
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A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy was back safely with his family today after being found hanging from a tree root with his feet in a stream.
Examples in his experiments included "the dumb-bell model of reinforcement simulating animal bone," which improved strength by 100%; the tree root type structure, which improved not only strength but fracture toughness; and the distribution of fibers to mimic the structure of bamboo, which improved flexural strength by 81%.
A: Visualize the tree root system as a flat pancake that spreads outward from the trunk, potentially in all directions, one and one half times the height of the tree.
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Yet, editor Nalo Hopkinson (author of Brown Girl in the Ring and Midnight Robber) believes Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root is "the first time an anthology of Caribbean literature has sought to use expressions of the fantastical as its central theme.
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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.
Sealed Road Surface in poor condition and tree root disturbances causing road to be very rough and a hazard to traffic Removal of existing poor Seal and digging out of tree roots.