root sucker


Definition of root sucker

: a shoot springing from the roots of a plant (as wild plum or raspberry)

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First Known Use of root sucker

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Root sucker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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