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(botany) A long tapering root possessed by many plants (such as carrots and dandelions). [from early 17th c.]
tap +"Ž root
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
The root of the plant grows from one main taproot.
The plant dies down in winter then regrows in March-April from the large fleshy taproot.
However, if you are not careful, you can tear the taproot, which simply causes regeneration of the weed.
Secondly, on account of its large taproot; it is this latter feature which suggests the link with Turbinicarpus.
Seedlings rapidly develop a vertical taproot from which lateral roots are produced mainly in the upper 30 cm of soil.
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