root [root] -noun 1. a part of the body of a plant that develops, typically, from the radicle and grows downward into the soil, anchoring the plant and absorbing nutriment and moisture. 2. a similar organ developed from some other part of a plant, as one of those by which ivy clings o its support. 3. any underground plant, as a rhizome. 4. something resembling or suggesting the root of a plant in position or function: roots of wires and cables 5. the embedded or basal portion of a hair, tooth, nail, nerve, etc.
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