tap·​root ˈtap-ˌrüt How to pronounce taproot (audio)
: a primary root that grows vertically downward and gives off small lateral roots
: the central element or position in a line of growth or development

Examples of taproot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pokeweed and burdock quickly send deep taproots plunging down. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 Their taproots can be dried and ground into a coffee substitute. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 8 June 2023 Using herbicide to eradicate wild violets is best undertaken in the fall when the herbicide will be transported down to the taproot as the plant stores nutrients for winter. oregonlive, 6 May 2023 The taproot is where all the smaller roots come together to create one large root, according to wikiHow. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, 1 Mar. 2023 But its taproot is country, a genre rich in narrative and myth. Chris Vognar, Chron, 1 Mar. 2023 Unfortunately, the long taproot makes these trees difficult to transplant. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 23 Jan. 2023 Colette, who was vividly at home in France and always carried with her the taproot experience of the Burgundian home and garden of her mother. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2022 When cut from the top, the growing point for the taproot is removed, however the growing tip for new leaves is not removed. oregonlive, 15 May 2022 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of taproot was in 1601

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“Taproot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taproot. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


tap·​root ˈtap-ˌrüt How to pronounce taproot (audio)
: a large main root that grows straight down and gives off many smaller side roots compare fibrous root

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