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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 rebound began in late 1992 and took root in early 1993 as prices stabilized.
If the weepy, moping, self emasculating philosophy of the men's movement ever took root in corporate America the consequences would be lethal.
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As the company grew, different aspects of control and decontamination or microorganisms took root.