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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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Michael Root notes in his essay which follows, there have been few in-depth discussions of moral method and of personal morality in the dialogues.
Root notes that tasting room staff should be doing these things even in good times.
We have an excellent system of resident governance," Root notes, "and we felt complaints should be taken to the Resident Council rather than being aired in a publication.