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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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Contributors from biological and medical sciences present a broad reference to Rhodiola rosea L., known as roseroot, golden root, or Arctic root, which has a long history of traditional medicinal use in Eurasia and North America, but has only recently drawn the attention of scientists and non-native herbalists.
Carrots and golden root were used fresh; all other plant materials were frozen (-22[degrees]C) directly after harvest.
Rhodiola rosea, or golden root, is an extract of a yellow-flowered mountain plant that grows in cold climates at high altitudes.
They found fruit flies fed extracts of Rhodiola rosea, or "golden root", live 24% longer than their otherwise healthy peers.