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Main Entry: 1root
Pronunciation: rüt, rt
Etymology: Old English rt "root of a plant"; of Norse origin 1 a: the leafless usually underground part of a plant that absorbs water and minerals, stores food, and holds the plant in place b: an underground plant part especially when fleshy and edible 2 a: the part of a tooth within the socket b: the base or end of a bodily part (as a hair or a fingernail) or the part by which it is attached to the body 3 a: an original cause : SOURCE <the roots of evil> b: the ancestors of a person or a group of persons <people tracing their roots> c: something that lies under and supports <the roots of a mountain chain> d: 1CORE 1, heart <get to the root of the problem> e: a special relationship with a social environment <has roots deep in Southern life> 4 a: a number that when multiplied by itself a given number of times equals a specified number <2 is a 4th root of 16 because 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16> b: a solution of a polynomial equation with one unknown <(x + 1) (x - 1) = 0 has the roots x = -1 and x = 1> 5: a word or part of a word from which other words are formed <"butler" and "bottle" come from the same Latin root> <"hold" is the root of "holder"> - root·ed /-d/ adjective - root·less /-ls/ adjective - root·like /-lk/ adjective