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

  • adj. Full or consisting of roots: a rooty patch of soil.
  • adj. Suggestive of or resembling roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of roots.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of roots.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding in roots; containing many roots: as, rooty ground.
  • Rank, as grass.


root +‎ -y (Wiktionary)


  • (Soundbite of applause) SAGAL: I don't suppose you've ever gone to IHOP and ordered a rooty tooty fresh and fruity.

    Be Happy: Bobby McFerrin Plays Not My Job

  • After the iris-like rooty floralcy goes away, and it goes away fast, one is left with very appealing woody greenness, evocative of a smell of freshly snapped young twig.

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  • What's remarkable is how remarkably filthy the drydown smells on my skin, not animalic-filthy like musk or civet but more like mineral-rooty-filthy...whatever it is in the inoffensive-sounding base of vanilla, amber, marron glace ! and sandalwood that makes it smell up to good I do not know.

    Tom Ford Champaca Absolute: Perfume Review

  • Likewise, the authors highlight that final species richness was decreased when high-species-count functional groups were removed, and that shoot: root ratios were higher when rooty L. perrene was excluded. » Blog Archive » Insightful Analysis: Wardle’s Field Patches

  • Iris and violet, the floral notes that have a pronounced rooty aspect, continue the earthy theme in the heart of Amyitis.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Blending green, rooty vetiver and languid exotic flowers fagraea, tiare, ylang-ylang, the perfumer achieved a striking yang-yin, darkness-light sort of contrast of earthy, practically dirty and creamy-floral notes.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Add to that the powdery, rounded softness of oponax, which smoothes the sharp edges of the spicy, green and resinous ingredients, and you have a complex, long-playing perfume, an exotic and quirky distant relative of the classic green-rooty beauty, Chanel No 19.

    Mona di Orio Amyitis: Perfume Review

  • It is green, fresh, rooty- as true to the smell of the actual vines and leaves as it gets.

    Hilde Soliani Stecca: Perfume Review

  • It is the most multifaceted scent I encountered this year: sap-green lily of the valley with a salted twist of grapefruit peel, underscored by vetiver shifting from spicy and rooty to earthy and bittersweet.

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  • There are a couple of chemicals that I put in my perfumes, one rooty and earthy, another green and peppery, which very few perfumers use, they could be considered my signature.

    Interview with Bertrand Duchaufour


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