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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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Here you have an opportunity as an African American tourist to learn more about our history, our roots.
For the rest of the species, roots were collected from a clearcut forest adjacent to an existing minirhizotron study at the Auburn campus (Burch 1995).
3% were single-, two-, and three-rooted teeth, respectively, with no statistical relationship between number of roots and tooth position ( P = 0.
Primary roots per cutting: Number of roots developed per cutting was significantly affected by the rooting media, IBA concentrations and their interactions in guava cuttings (Table 1).
It was cross sectional analytical study and data was retrospectively retrieved by periapical radiographs of root canal treated posterior teeth from archival records of Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry.
Cereal root 'architecture' involves a few big, thickset roots called crown roots that act as a framework from which all the smaller, lateral roots spread out into the different layers of soil, which contain the various nutrients.
All teeth were inspected carefully to ensure the presence of intact roots with mature apices.
Distribution of roots and arbuscular mycorrhizal associations in tropical forest types of Xishuangbanna southwest China.
The data were recorded on number of days to root appearance, number of roots plant-1, root length (cm), number of fruits plant-1 and percent plant survival.
Roots in a pipeline can take up much needed capacity by disrupting and blocking the normal flow.
Imagine a morning where your daily can of sugary root beer (not even popular in this part of the world) leaves you needing root canal work.
With computers and digital photography, researchers have even developed two- and three-dimensional imaging systems to record roots as they develop in the transparent gels.