from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The main root of a plant, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The root of a plant which penetrates the earth directly downward to a considerable depth without dividing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something that provides an important central source for growth or development
- n. (botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem
Tepary beans’ taproot is twice as long as common beans’ (Phaseolus vulgaris), which allows teparies to efficiently take advantage of even small amounts of soil moisture.
It had something called a taproot that grew underground and stored energy for the cactus to use if there was a drought.
When I asked what she was doing, she said something in her thick Polish accent, something about a graft, something about a taproot, something about how gardening was how she liked to spend her day off.
Start now to anchor that taproot in your own garden, and reap the benefits of your own hard work for years to come.
It grows warmer again and here there is a giant taproot — like the taproot of a great tree.
This is the taproot from which the green life of the genre springs, and it can never really be respectable.
A fine spear thistle, comprising about 15 spikes radiating from a single taproot, has prospered among all the other tall vegetation, but has now begun to sag slightly into the track so that one can hardly avoid it.
There had been the presence of that empty chair at the table for family milestones, the proof that we were no longer going to be graced by the sweet face of our matriarch, beaming because family was her taproot, her greatest source of joy.
Each stalk has a thick taproot that sends shoots in every direction.
Once planted, asclepias do not like to be disturbed, but are quite drought-tolerant because of its taproot.