What is root?

  • (verb): Take root and begin to grow.
    Example: "This plant roots quickly"
    See also — Additional definitions below


In vascular plants, the root is the organ of a plant that typically lies below the surface of the soil. However, this is not always the case, a root can also be aerial (growing above the ground) or aerating (growing up above the ground or especially above water). Furthermore, a stem normally occurring below ground is not exceptional either (see rhizome). So, it is better to define root as a part of a plant body that bears no leaves, and therefore also lacks nodes. There are also important internal structural differences between stems and roots.

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Elisha K. Root
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Root Races, Epochs and Sub-races - The Second Root Race (Hyperborean)
... The second root race lived in Hyperborea ... The second root race was colored golden yellow ... The second root race has no present-day descendents ...
Root Race
... Root races are stages in human evolution in the esoteric cosmology of theosophist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, as described in her book The Secret Doctrine (1888) ... Master Samael Aun Weor confirmed the existence of the Root Races, elaborating various facts throughout his works ...
Root Races, Epochs and Sub-races
... According to Blavatsky's writings, there will be seven root races assembled for our Earth each root race is divided into seven subraces ... Only five root races have appeared so far the sixth is expected to emerge in the 28th century ... Samael Aun Weor writes that the sixth root race is named Koradhi Francis Bacon (which theosophy considers as the same Count of St ...

More definitions of "root":

  • (noun): A number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number.
  • (verb): Come into existence, originate.
    Example: "The problem roots in her depression"
  • (verb): Take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for.
    Synonyms: side, pull
  • (noun): The part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support.
    Synonyms: tooth root
  • (noun): The set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation.
    Synonyms: solution
  • (verb): Plant by the roots.
  • (verb): Dig with the snout.
    Synonyms: rout, rootle
  • (verb): Cause to take roots.
  • (noun): The place where something begins, where it springs into being.
    Example: "Communism's Russian root"
    Synonyms: beginning, origin, rootage, source
  • (noun): A simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes.
    Synonyms: etymon
  • (noun): (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground.

Famous quotes containing the word root:

    Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
    Simone Weil (1909–1943)

    Flower in the crannied wall,
    I pluck you out of the crannies,
    I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
    Little flower—but if I could understand
    What you are, root and all, and all in all,
    I should know what God and man is.
    Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892)

    There is a certain class of unbelievers who sometimes ask me such questions as, if I think that I can live on vegetable food alone; and to strike at the root of the matter at once,—for the root is faith,—I am accustomed to answer such, that I can live on board nails. If they cannot understand that, they cannot understand much that I have to say.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)