from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fixed to the earth by roots; firmly fixed, as if by the root; immovable.


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  • Another reason to buy small plants: They are not yet root-bound in their containers.

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  • At the lip of the coulee, someone had spaded the ground with a shovel and replaced the torn divots of grass with a rake, creating a broken pattern that made the farmer think of a root-bound plant in a cracked flowerpot.

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  • Again it took some time to carefully cut the object free of its root-bound nest, and by then it was getting too dark to examine his finds in any detail.

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  • Here is what I think: Life with Sarah has been far more engaged and far less root-bound than adult life otherwise might have been, and anyone who buys the party line about mother-daughter hell is going to miss some great opportunities for fun and enlightenment.

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  • We planted it a bigger pot and it started to grow, and it turns out the plant is actually a tree that refuses, no matter how root-bound, un-watered, or sunlight-deprived it gets, to die.

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  • Mike was a rare exception to the rule that military aviators are root-bound on Planet AD.

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  • Avoid plants with yellow, limp leaves or those that are root-bound.

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  • Make sure container-grown plants are not root-bound, with circling roots crowding out of the container.

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  • Avoid any that are root-bound, with wads of brown roots coming out the bottom of the container.

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  • The doorways were clogged by root-bound earth that was as hard as cement.



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