fibrous root


: a root (as in most grasses) that has no prominent central axis and that branches in all directions

Examples of fibrous root in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, the fibrous root becomes that much more crucial during the colder months, thanks not just to its naturally warming properties, but its accordance with the traditional Chinese concept of chi, which is the energy force inherent in all living things. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2020 The roses are shipped in small pots because of their fibrous root system. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022 Rhododendrons have a shallow, fibrous root system that spreads out, often beyond the extent of the branches. oregonlive, 12 Sep. 2021 Shave off the flavorful, juicy corn kernel tops and leave the fibrous root behind. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 12 Aug. 2020 More specifically, her boat is made from mycelium, the dense, fibrous roots of the mushroom that typically live beneath the soil. NBC News, 18 Apr. 2020 Non-woody, fibrous roots appear in the first few inches of the soil., 8 June 2019 Water is especially important in summer to prevent the shallow, fibrous roots from drying. Kathy Huber, Houston Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2018 Pawpaw trees develop a deep taproot, and contain delicate, fibrous roots. Andrew Moore, Good Housekeeping, 12 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fibrous root was in 1626

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“Fibrous root.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

fibrous root

: a root (as in most grasses) that is one of many similar slender roots branching directly from the base of the stem of a plant compare taproot
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