• WordNet 3.6
    • n taproot something that provides an important central source for growth or development "the taproot of his resentment","genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"
    • n taproot (botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Taproot (Bot) The root of a plant which penetrates the earth directly downward to a considerable depth without dividing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n taproot In botany, the main root of a plant, which grows vigorously downward to a considerable depth, giving off lateral roots in acropetal succession. See cut under root.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Taproot a root of a plant or tree striking directly downward without dividing, and tapering towards the end, as that of the carrot
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tæppe, seen in tæppere, one who taps casks; Dut. tap, Ger. zapfen, a tap.


In literature:

The chicory family also makes very large and penetrating taproots.
"Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway" by Steve Solomon
And one of these was respect for authority, the loss of which was the taproot of Bolshevism.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Taproots have a long, main trunk like a parsnip, from which lateral roots branch.
"Growing Nuts in the North" by Carl Weschcke
Some of them had sent down a taproot nearly or quite three inches in length.
"Walnut Growing in Oregon" by Various
The root of evil, the taproot from which the evils of modern society develop, is the profit idea.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
In normally developed trees of the same age, the taproot would have been three or four feet long.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
In northern climes the mistletoe has a healthy normal taproot.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Brion pushed it up with his toe and they had a brief glimpse of a white roundness, like a shiny taproot, going down into the dune.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)

In poetry:

Men that dig up a mandrake know dis-ease.
This body is committed to its bones
Down where the taproots of New England trees
Suck bare existence from the broken stones.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

Taproot 's album "The Episodes".
Last night Taproot performed at The Machine Shop.
She won a listening party with Taproot for 10 of her friends.
Check out the exclusive premiere of Taproot 's 'Around the Bend' and listen to the track in the audio player below.
Adelitas Way was on quite a roll…but that all came to an end at the hands of Taproot .
Taproot v Adelitas Way.
So, tonight, they take on their next challenger Taproot .
The performance is fast paced and is well suited for Taproot 's small stage.
Taproot 's software can limit the number of connections on each virtual hotspot, CEO Bob Bicksler said.
New Taproot Video, Corgan's Tea Shop Opens, & Zombie's Film Debuts.
Taproot's Stephen Richards Talks New Video for ' The Everlasting .
Taproot have just unveiled their video for the latest single ' The Everlasting ,' which you can check out below.
In the first part of our exclusive interview with Taproot frontman Stephen Richards, he spoke about the current health issues he's battling.
Taproot are back and are reaching even deeper to bring you rock with meaning.
Taproot will be in Lubbock on October 10th along with Nonpoint.