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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having no roots.
  • adj. Not belonging to a particular place or society: rootless refugees in a strange country.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Describing a plant (or by extension something else) that does not have roots.
  • adj. A wanderer, someone who has no ties to a particular locale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of roots.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no root.
  • In zoology, having a persistently open pulp-cavity and growing perennially, as the incisor teeth of rodents, and the molar teeth of many of these animals; not rooted so as to stop growing. See Rodentia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community

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