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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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If your learners aren't ready for diads, start with root notes and add in diads as they are able to play the progression with the group.
Tax experts have never heard of this happening--EVER." Root notes that the IRS found no irregularities in any of his audits, and that he didn't have to pay any additional tax.
People are very hospitable to us." As the Tribune's Jay Root notes, Santorum's new vow to compete in Texas, as well as the possibility that Mitt Romney may not be able to clinch the nomination by June, could make Texas a major player in the GOP race for the first time since 1976, when Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford waged a fierce battle.