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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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Contains sugar beet extract, golden root and British white willow .
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.
Rhodiola rosea, or golden root, is an extract of a yellow-flowered mountain plant that grows in cold climates at high altitudes.