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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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Two hours before the end of the treatment was added colchicine concentrations of 350 ug/ml, and then rootlet were fixed.
Korean red ginseng rootlets decrease acute postprandial glycemia: results from sequential preparation-and dose-finding studies.
Each of the sensory nerve roots is then subdivided into four or five rootlets.
(2008) medium was used to obtain plantlet with rootlet. Regenerated shoots were cut off from their forming tissue and transferred to Cenkci et al.
Tails were composed of catkin/silk (43%), fine plant fibers (26%), bark shreds (15%), twigs (11%), and rootlets (4%; n = 1116 tails; see Table 1 for tail material descriptions).
In addition to protecting roots from isopod attack that substantially reduces root growth rate (Ellison and Farnsworth 1990), sponges directly enhance cable root growth by inducing adventitious rootlet formation and by transfer of ammonium through these rootlets into cable roots.
The greatest values of percentage, germination speed, mean daily germination speed, seedling vigor index, rootlet length, shoot length, dry weights of root and shoot were found in the first four treatments (distilled water = 0 bar) and the least values were found in the fifth treatments (1.6 MPa).
The formation of a "bacterial rootlet" beneath an attached spirochete was first reported by Smith and Arnott in 1974.
The rootlet then drills into the branch and spreads its developing roots under the bark and into the living tissue.
Without that starter motor, it could not put down its rootlet or deploy its solar collectors.
Germination percentage (%), vigor index, seedling length (mm), radicle length (mm), the number of rootlets, rootlet length (mm) after 5 and 7 days were recorded for first and second experiment, respectively.