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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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Construction at the Rootes factory began in 1961 to produce the famous Hillman Imp.
The large display of classic cars - Rootes and non-Rootes - motorcycles and other visitors who also enjoyed auto-jumble/trade stands and children's entertainment.
The Audax body was designed by the Rootes Group which owned Hillman, but there was considerable assistance from the Raymond Loewy design company which had been heavily involved in the styling of Studebaker coupes in 1953.
Over time Hillman became the Rootes Group's manufacturer of small cars.
Artist Stephen Rootes, who tattooed a portrait of the Rock on Tara Nicholson
As with many Rootes cars of the time it could be ordered in some very attractive two tone paint jobs.
The ceremony is being supported by the directors and staff of the business centre along wiht the Imp Club and the Association of Rootes Car Clubs.
Jeanette Rigby, 62, who worked in the Rootes trim room, said: "I don't think Linwood has ever recovered from the factory closure.
On October 8, 1940, a lone Junkers 88 bomber was on a mission to attack the Rootes Aircraft Factory, in Speke.
The Association of Rootes Car Clubs will be marking the diamond anniversary of Rootes Competition Department with a range of famous ex-Works cars and personalities on their stand.
During its 60 year history the complex, which was established as a shadow factory to build aero engines for the Second World War, was operated by the Rootes group, Chrysler and Peugeot.