root·let | \ˈrüt-lət, ˈru̇t-\

Definition of rootlet 

: a small root — see seedling illustration

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The long radishes broke it up and drew nutrients toward the surface; tall grasses like sorghum produced numerous fine rootlets, adding organic material to the land; legumes harbored bacteria that put nitrogen into the soil. Moises Velasquez-manoff, New York Times, "Can Dirt Save the Earth?," 18 Apr. 2018

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circa 1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rootlet was circa 1793

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root·let | \-lət \

Medical Definition of rootlet 

: a small root also : one of the ultimate divisions of a nerve root

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