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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Unfortunately, the ball did notclearthe root, ricocheted off the tree root, and struck the member In the right eye.
Tree roots are often blamed when buildings sustain damage.
Then, after visiting the dentist you have an uninspiring bowl of root vegetable soup (your teeth hurt), before taking your dog out for a walk, during which you trip over a tree root and break your ankle.
The US Open champion played almost an entire opening round with a bandage on his right arm after striking a tree root on the third hole at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
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The Rhizotron, a compact exhibition bunker exploring the ecology of tree root systems, prefaces the 108 steps to the dizzy heights of the canopy (a sleek, hydraulic lift capsule is due to be installed).
The 'Rhizotron', entered through an apparent crack in the ground, will be the UK's only walk-in viewing area illustrating the rich world of tree root biology
Tree Root And River Rat is the story of what can happen with a limited time as a boy, his family and his friends become keenly aware of the temporary condition life.
Hopkinson has also edited two category-jumping anthologies, Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction and Mojo: Conjure Stories and written a book of short stories called Skin Folk.
WHEN my neighbour had a monoblock driveway installed, the contractor pulled up a tree root, damaging my driveway.
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.
Woods, playing his first event since completing the Grand Slam at St Andrews last month, tried to go for the green even though his ball was only inches behind a tree root.