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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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Innovation Takes Root (ITR) brings global thought leaders, sustainability professionals, marketers, and business leaders together with scientists and engineers from the biomaterials value chain.
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In a Downing Street podcast, Brown said: "We've reached a point in our economic recovery where we need decisions that will determine whether it takes root and we can go for growth - creating jobs and prosperity for all - or whether it withers and dies.
Summary: President Barack Obama promised on Tuesday to target al-Qaeda wherever it takes root and to wipe out safe havens where Osama bin Laden's network can plan attacks on the United States.