taproot

noun
tap·​root | \ ˈtap-ˌrüt How to pronounce taproot (audio) , -ˌru̇t \

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

Examples of taproot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The weeding tool can remove grass, moss, and small taproot weeds like dandelions from the cracks in patio landscaping. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 May 2022 Moreover, the weeding tool is best used with taproot weeds like dandelions, or rhizomes like nettles instead of annual weeds that are sadly best pulled by hand or with a smaller tool. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Mar. 2022 Small and medium-size beets tend to be more flavorful, and ideally the taproot, the thin long root at the bottom, is still attached. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 Some perennials, such as dandelions, have a long, deep taproot like a carrot. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2021 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, 1 June 2020 With a few years under its belt, the taproot expands into an impressive tuber that needs to be dug out. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 24 Sep. 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, 1 June 2020 Edited by Dava Sobel Absent of taproot, the black spruce leans madly where permafrost slumps into thermokarst. Jessica Goodfellow, Scientific American, 1 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of taproot

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for taproot

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The first known use of taproot was in 1601

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17 May 2022

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“Taproot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taproot. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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taproot

noun
tap·​root | \ ˈtap-ˌrüt How to pronounce taproot (audio) , -ˌru̇t \

Kids Definition of taproot

: a main root of a plant that grows straight down and gives off smaller side roots

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