Definition of taproot
1 : a primary root that grows vertically downward and gives off small lateral roots
2 : the central element or position in a line of growth or development
Recent Examples of taproot from the Web
The part used is the long taproot of first-year plants.
In contrast to a typical skyscraper, in which same-size floors are piled atop one another like so many pancakes, the taproot system lets floors vary in size, opening a high-rise's interior and letting space flow between floors.
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Origin and Etymology of taproot
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
TAPROOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of taproot for English Language Learners
: the large main root of a plant from which smaller roots grow
TAPROOT Defined for Kids
Definition of taproot for Students
: a main root of a plant that grows straight down and gives off smaller side roots
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