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

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If women could batter other women, and men other men, then gender could not be the taproot of oppression. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "The Radical Transformations of a Battered Women’s Shelter," 13 Aug. 2019 These tough plants have deep taproots that enable them to store some water for lean times. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 These tough plants have deep taproots that enable them to store some water for lean times. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 These tough plants have deep taproots that enable them to store some water for lean times. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 These tough plants have deep taproots that enable them to store some water for lean times. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 Plants grow from thick taproots that are quite deep on mature plants. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 Patsy's Pizzeria Patsy’s Pizzeria, one of the first taproots of NYC’s by-the-slice culture, is a pizza pilgrimage. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Reverting to tribalism is the taproot of our social and political polarization. WSJ, "It’s Hard to See Democracy Coexisting With Tribalism," 7 Nov. 2018

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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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taproot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of taproot

: the large main root of a plant from which smaller roots grow

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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