Taproot definition

tăpro͝ot, -ro͝ot
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The main root of a plant, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem.
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A main root, growing almost vertically downward, from which small branch roots spread out.
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The main root of a plant, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem.
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The main root in gymnosperms, eudicotyledons, and magnoliids, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem. The taproot develops from the primary root. The taproot and its lateral roots penetrate deeper into the soil than the fibrous roots characteristic of monocotyledons.
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(botany) A long tapering root possessed by many plants (such as carrots and dandelions). [from early 17th c.]
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
taproot
Plural:
taproots

Origin of taproot

  • From tap

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From tap

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • tap +"Ž root

    From Wiktionary