from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To pull out by the roots; uproot.
- transitive v. To displace from one's native or accustomed environment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pull up by the roots; to uproot; to extirpate.
- v. To force people from their homeland to a new or foreign location.
- v. To liberate or be liberated from a culture or its norms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pluck up by the roots; to extirpate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pluck up by the roots; eradicate; extirpate: as, to deracinate hair.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pull up by or as if by the roots
- v. move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment
From French déraciner, from Old French desraciner : des-, de- + racine, root (from Late Latin rādīcīna, from Latin rādīx, rādīc-; see wrād- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French déraciner, from racine ("root"), from Latin radix, radicis ("root"). (Wiktionary)