Definitions for taprootˈtæpˌrut, -ˌrʊt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a main root descending downward and giving off small lateral roots.
Origin of taproot:
(botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem
something that provides an important central source for growth or development
"the taproot of his resentment"; "genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"
A long tapering root possessed by many plants (such as carrots and dandelions).
Origin: tap + root
the root of a plant which penetrates the earth directly downward to a considerable depth without dividing
A taproot is an enlarged, somewhat straight to tapering plant root that grows downward. It forms a center from which other roots sprout laterally. Plants with taproots are difficult to transplant. The presence of a taproot is why dandelions are hard to uproot—the top is pulled, but the long taproot stays in the ground, and resprouts. The taproot system contrasts with the fibrous root system with many branched roots.
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