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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ROOT

He sat still, just lifting the root of his tail as you stroked him.

We must cultivate the noble virtues that have their root in pride.

In short, the difficulty is not to fix people, but to root them up.

And not one of their suggestions seems to go to the root of the matter.

The root of all evil is the desire to get money without earning it.

But how they respect a man who's got the root they're all grubbing for!

Is there no leaf, no root you know that would save me from death?

As long as I was dissecting I might at least discover the root of the disease.

The great Republic has the root of the destructive matter in her.

Formerly duty was paid not upon the root itself but its product.

WORD ORIGIN

"underground part of a plant," late Old English rot, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rot "root," figuratively "cause, origin," from Proto-Germanic *wrot (cf. Old English wyrt "root, herb, plant," Old High German wurz, German Wurz "a plant," Gothic waurts "a root," with characteristic Scandinavian loss of -w- before -r-), from PIE *wrad- (see radish (n.), and cf. wort). The usual Old English words for "root" were wyrttruma and wyrtwala.

Figurative use is from c.1200. Of teeth, hair, etc., from early 13c. Mathematical sense is from 1550s. Philological sense from 1520s. Slang meaning "penis" is recorded from 1846. In U.S. black use, "a spell effected by magical properties of roots," 1935. To take root is from 1530s. Root beer, made from the extracts of various roots, first recorded 1841, American English; root doctor is from 1821. Root cap is from 1875.

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