Definition of Taproot

1. Noun. (botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem.

Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Generic synonyms: Root



2. Noun. Something that provides an important central source for growth or development. "Genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"
Generic synonyms: Germ, Seed, Source

Definition of Taproot

1. n. The root of a plant which penetrates the earth directly downward to a considerable depth without dividing.

Definition of Taproot

1. Noun. A long tapering root possessed by many plants (such as carrots and dandelions). (defdate from early 17th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Taproot

1. the main root of a plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Taproot

1. The main, descending root of a plant that has a single, dominant main stem. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Taproot

tappet wrench
tappets
tappice
tappiced
tappices
tappicing
tapping
tapping up
tappings
tappit
tappit hen
tappit hens
tappy
taproom
taprooms
taproot (current term)
taproots
taps
tapsman
tapsmen
tapster
tapsters
tapstry
tapt
tapu
tapued
tapuing
tapus
taqiyya
taqlid

Literary usage of Taproot

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1. Imperialism: A Study by John Atkinson Hobson (1902)
"... CHAPTER VI THE ECONOMIC taproot OF IMPERIALISM N0 mere array of facts and figures adduced to illustrate the economic nature of the new Imperialism will ..."

2. The Golden Words of a Sufi Sheikh: Revised Edition by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (Ral.), M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (2006)
"Though this tree grows from only a tiny seed, its taproot goes very deep, and the supporting roots spread out and fix themselves firmly. ..."

3. Sheikh and Disciple by M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (1983)
"Insan Kamil and the taproot of Faith From time to time in each child's life he ... It is the main root, the taproot, that protects the tree from falling. ..."

4. The Indian Forester (1891)
"What at first sight appears to be the taproot or an elongation of the radicle ... As far as I can make it out, this pseudo-taproot appears to consist of (1) ..."

5. Laboratory Manual of Biology by George William Hunter, Morris Crawford Valentine (1906)
"taproot. {Modified through serving as a food storage organ."] Materials. ... What is the general shape of a taproot? 2. a. Are there any rootlets? b. ..."

6. Laboratory Manual of Biology by George William Hunter, Morris Crawford Valentine (1906)
"taproot. (Modified through serving as a food storage organ.} Materials. ... What is the general shape of a taproot? 2. a. Are there any rootlets? b. ..."

7. Arboretum Et Fruticetum Britannicum: Or, The Trees and Shrubs of Britain by John Claudius Loudon (1838)
"It is also equally well known, that the taproot is only found, in oak and other trees, when in a young state ; and that no oak or other tree, when cut down, ..."

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