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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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outer bark Rootlet Fine rootlet of a woody plant Twig Fine woody twig (mainly eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis) TABLE 2.
1985) described in Arenicola marina--namely an abundance of apical mitochondria and short ciliary rootlets.
I clip some for salads and sandwiches, while the koi nibble underwater rootlets.
Sorting proved to be the most time-consuming part of the operation for it involved painstakingly going through hundreds of tiny mountains of rootlets and other debris.
The shoots already have rootlets so all grew into potato plants fairly quickly.
Roots that cause abnormal muscle contraction are separated into their component rootlets that in turn are stimulated.
Rootlets with or without root hairs trap individual particles [is greater than] 250/[micro] m.
In the wild, the flies stop grazing in the evening, and males stake out rootlets dangling from stream banks.
When the root tip reaches the ground, a series of pronounced morphological changes occur: the root tip loses its pigmentation, the cable root begins to thicken and lignify (secondary cambial growth), and numerous adventitious and fine rootlets begin to grow from the root tip into the substrate (Gill and Tomlinson 1977).
In the hot summer, even a small drought can kill a tree when it does not have the rootlets to pick up precious water.