taproot

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noun tap·root \-ˌrüt, -ˌru̇t\

Definition of taproot

  1. 1 :  a primary root that grows vertically downward and gives off small lateral roots

  2. 2 :  the central element or position in a line of growth or development

Origin and Etymology of taproot

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First Known Use: 1601


TAPROOT Defined for English Language Learners

taproot

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noun tap·root \-ˌrüt, -ˌru̇t\

Definition of taproot for English Language Learners

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


TAPROOT Defined for Kids

taproot

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noun tap·root \ˈtap-ˌrüt, -ˌru̇t\

Definition of taproot for Students

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


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