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Taproot

noun
1.
(botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem.
2.
Something that provides an important central source for growth or development.  "Genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"






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"Taproot" Quotes from Famous Books



... drawn while the ground is soft; carried to the field where they are to be planted, and one dropped upon every hill, which is done by the negro children. The most skilful slaves then begin planting them, by making a hole with their finger in each hill, inserting the plant with the taproot carefully placed straight down, and pressing the earth on each side of it. This is continued as long as the ground is wet enough to enable the plants sufficiently grown to draw and set; and it requires several different seasons, or periods of rain, to enable them ...
— The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom • P. L. Simmonds

... sight. A bright red light moved along the riverside, and threw down into the water a long taproot of flame. Tom, curious little rogue that he was, must needs go and see what it was; so he swam to the shore, and met the light as it stopped over a shallow run at the edge of ...
— Journeys Through Bookland V2 • Charles H. Sylvester



Words linked to "Taproot" :   root, botany, seed, source, phytology, germ



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