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The main root of a plant, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem.
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(Botany) the large single root of plants such as the dandelion, which grows vertically downwards and bears smaller lateral roots
[C17: from tap2 + root1]
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a main root descending downward and giving off small lateral roots.
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The thick and strong downward-growing root produced by some plants, shrubs, and trees.
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|Noun||1.||taproot - (botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem|
root - (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
|2.||taproot - something that provides an important central source for growth or development; "the taproot of his resentment"; "genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"|
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