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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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The prevalent root configuration reported for bi-rooted second premolars was fused roots with flare at the tip 10(8.7%) or fused roots 8(7%).
Contraindications are dental mobility, due to severe loss of periodontal insertion, unfavorable root position, such as fused roots, ankyloses, and active infections [13, 15].
The incidence of two or four roots or fused roots was very rare.