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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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Putting down roots; gardening insights from Wisconsin's early settlers.
"Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers" looks at the history of gardening and agriculture in Wisconsin looking at the first immigrants to come to Wisconsin and how they got their start over a hundred years ago.
Carmichael (author); PUTTING DOWN ROOTS; Wisconsin Historical Society Press () $24.95 ISBN: 9780870204661
Christopher, who took up his post during the summer, made a speech in which he said he was delighted to be putting down roots in Birmingham after 17 years working abroad.
AMUSICAL favourite will be putting down roots at Middlesbrough Theatre next week.
PUTTING DOWN ROOTS Robert O'Rourke has opened Northumberland Nurseries
* PUTTING DOWN ROOTS: Pupils James Bojar (left) and David Peng plant one of the many fruit trees along with classmates and Julian Faulkner (centre), of Kirklees Countryside Unit (AC090310Atree-01)
He reckons that finally putting down roots in one place can only help his performances.