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tap·root

 (tăp′ro͞ot′, -ro͝ot′)
n.
The main root of a plant, usually stouter than the lateral roots and growing straight downward from the stem.

[From tap.]
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taproot

(ˈtæpˌruːt)
n
(Botany) the large single root of plants such as the dandelion, which grows vertically downwards and bears smaller lateral roots
[C17: from tap2 + root1]
ˈtapˌrooted adj
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tap•root

(ˈtæpˌrut, -ˌrʊt)

n.
a main root descending downward and giving off small lateral roots.
[1595–1605]
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taproot

The thick and strong downward-growing root produced by some plants, shrubs, and trees.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taproot - (botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stemtaproot - (botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
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"
germ, source, seed - anything that provides inspiration for later work
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Translations
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taproot

[ˈtæpruːt] Nraíz f central
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

taproot

[ˈtæpˌruːt] nradice f principale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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Seeds should be sown about 30cm (12in) apart in a sunny spot in spring in stone-free ground so that the tap root can push through with ease.
Keep as large a rootball as possible - you may need a pruning saw to cut through the thick tap root anchoring the plant.
Large roots will need trimming with secateurs and for cutting through the deep tap root that sits under the plant and anchors it into the ground you'll need a saw.
They must be protected from frost, and when planting out in April or May, the tap root should be pinched out to ensure the development of a more fibrous root system.
The biggest difficulties arise with plants that have a shallow fibrous root system (like many conifers) because the compost dries out at the surface and they suffer in consequence and also those, like roses, that have a long tap root. These plants require a pot that is proportionately deep because they too are intolerant of drying out at the surface and must have moisture at depth on which they draw.
A small saw is also handy to sever the thick roots that support the feeding roots, and the tap root that anchors the plant to stops it rocking in the wind.
A broad-leaved herbaceous plant with a deep tap root, perennial chicory can be grown as a pure stand, but according to Wynnstay's grass and root seed manager Ben Wixey, the recommended application at this stage would be to include it alongside grass and clover, in short term or longer term grazing mixtures.
After that, the long tap root will go down for the moisture.
Efforts to extricate the victims of the landslide near a resort in Jalan Tanjung Bungah last night faced difficulty due to a tap root that prevented the operation from being carried out.
Margery ADANDELIONS have a tap root, so you need to get it all out so it doesn't regrow.
Try not to break the tap root or the vegetable will bleed, and twist the leaves off to around 2.5cm-5cm above the root to stop bleeding.
They won't all like division - for example, those with a tap root like a carrot, such as the cow parsley.