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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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Then, a 10 cm section was cut from the middle of the plant roots for spare samples.
To test their system, Kochian and Clark grew two very different varieties of rice, Azucena and IR64, in transparent gels and tracked root growth by imaging the plants and their roots for ten days.
To test their system, the researchers grew two varieties of rice in transparent gels and tracked root growth by imaging the plants and their roots for 10 days.