• WordNet 3.6
    • n rootage the place where something begins, where it springs into being "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance","Jupiter was the origin of the radiation","Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River","communism's Russian root"
    • n rootage a developed system of roots
    • n rootage fixedness by or as if by roots "strengthened by rootage in the firm soil of faith"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rootage The act of striking root; the growth or fixture of roots; the hold obtained by means of a root or roots.
    • n rootage Extirpation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Rootage the act of striking roots
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand.; Ice. rót; Dan. rod; Goth. waurts, A.S. wyrt.


In literature:

I believe, for one, that you cannot tear up ancient rootages and safely plant the tree of liberty in soil which is not native to it.
"The New Freedom" by Woodrow Wilson
You forget the wide rootages of everything when you boost some particular region.
"President Wilson's Addresses" by Woodrow Wilson
They startled but lacked rootage.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
We shall find our rootage in the soil.
"The Holy Earth" by L. H. Bailey
Dog Tate crawled out along the precarious support of the slimy rootage and slowly drew the mass of drift into shallow water.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
Grass peeps between the stones in its court-yard, and the moss and lichen find rootage in its broken walls.
"Vayenne" by Percy Brebner