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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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After Christianity took root, a legendary figure named Saint Nicholas became a symbol of the gift-giving tradition among Christians.
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Ireland and Scotland offer a handy comparison because the Reformation took root in the latter but not the former.
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Ballet took root in Brazil when the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro developed its ballet company in the 1930s.
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