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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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But back to our homestead: The root beer our family likes to make is a low-alcohol, fermented infusion of herbs, barks, and berries, both homegrown and wild-harvested, and is more like historic small beer than modern commercial root beer.
In addition to the Root Beer kit, the Kickstarter campaign offers reward levels ranging from $30 to $325.
Not Your Fathers Root Beer 1,249,383 2.54 11668.2% $44.06
You really taste both the Orange Cream and Root Beer flavors."
Plus, when one of your head brewers has a secret family recipe for root beer, it's hard to ignore the possibilities.
CHICAGO -- Gum chewers have opted for root beer float as the next Extra Dessert Delights flavor from Wm.
Over a hundred of the restaurant's desserts have been adapted for home cooks while the pastry chef author offers a survey of Southern ingredients and classics from Honey Chess Pie to Root Beer Float Cake and Caramel Apple Pie.
Steen's Syrup Mill in Abbeville, LA since 1910; and Abita root beer from the Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs.
RECORDING the backing track of an American root beer commercial led to a whole new career for drummer Alan Cosgrove and his bandmates, playing the music of their heroes.
With 10 brands ranging from such expected flavors as Colorado Cola and Rocky Mountain Root Beer and more exotic ones like Pikes Peak Prickly Pear and Boulder Birch Beer, Rocky Mountain Soda is initially focusing on restaurants and cocktail lounges first, and retailers second.
Bailey Jr is driven to a Spruce Grove bar, about 30km, west of Edmonton, in a convertible by farmer Jim Sautner, and a camera crew from Animal Planet filmed him chugging down a root beer and a bottle of beer.
Members enjoyed cake and root beer floats, '50s music and a variety of giveaways like giant dice to hang from their rear view mirrors.